Energy diet to slim down regional district power usage

Fortis B.C. wants everyone to use less energy and the Regional Distict of South Okanagan Similkameen wants to help.
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SOUTH OKANAGAN - A new fad diet urges customers to trim their energy usage to not only save money but also the environment.

Fortis B.C. wants to push its South Okanagan Similkameen Energy Diet and the Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen signed up at Thursday's district meeting to help with grants for willing residents.

The first 100 participants will receive $25 to reduce the cost of already-lowered energy assessments. Normally, property assessments cost $350 but the price was dropped to $60 and thanks to the grant the total cost is now $35.

The energy diet's ultimate goal is to reduce power consumption and carbon dioxide emissions. The assessments will provide a blueprint for owners on how to save energy either through outlet insulation, low-flow shower heads and kitchen tap aerators. Several communities and regions have already been approached by Fortis B.C. 

Participants can also use the Fortis B.C. energy calculator http://www.fortisbc.com/Rebates/HomeEnergyCalculator/Pages/default.aspx to compare the costs of different home heating energy sources and individual appliance energy costs.

The program helps residents qualify for further subsidies for energy efficiency improvements to their homes. Some participants will also be eligible for rebates from LiveSmart B.C. as well as rebates from Fortis B.C.

To contact a reporter for this story, to send photos or videos, email Shannon Quesnel at squesnel@infotelnews.ca, call 250-488-3065, tweet @shannonquesnel1 or @InfoNewsPentict


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