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Town of Creston joins energy- and money-saving Fortis BC program

Kootenay Energy Diet helps customers reduce electrical consumption by providing home assessment, rebates, low-cost renovation loans...
Creston Town Hall is located on 10th Avenue North.

Creston residents can save energy and money in a FortisBC program supported by the Town of Creston.

The Kootenay Energy Diet helps residential customers reduce electrical consumption by providing a home assessment, energy-reducing accessories, rebates and low-cost renovation loans.

At Tuesday’s regular town council meeting, a resolution was passed to pay $30 towards the original KED energy assessment fee of $60 to the first 200 Creston registrants.

“I am very supportive of this initiative,” Coun. Joanna Wilson said on Wednesday. “It provides people like myself who have older homes with the information and assistance we need to reduce energy costs.”

“We thank the Town of Creston for the resolution to further support the Kootenay Energy Diet and the newsletter assistance to promote the program,” said Patricia Dehnel, who manages FortisBC’s Power Sense program. “We also thank Coun. Wilson for being the first council member to join the ‘diet’.”

When homeowners sign on to the KED, a representative will conduct a home assessment and install free energy efficient products like low-flow showerheads and CFL lighting, an approximate $400 value.

FortisBC has a rebate program for some home renovations and upgrades, and has partnered with Creston and District Credit Union, which will a offer low interest, long-term amortization loan program to participants.

A local “energy coach” will also provide personalized service and information.

In Creston, the KED launch will take place on Sept. 11 with a presentation and sign-up opportunity at Creston and District Community Complex from 7-9 p.m.

More information can be found by clicking on Kootenay Energy Diet at www.fortisbc/Electricity. The next Town of Creston newsletter will also include information.