July 12, 2022 By Anthony Capkun
July 12, 2022 – FortisBC Inc. and FortisBC Energy Inc. (FortisBC) have teamed up with GreenStep Solutions Inc. to provide small- and medium-sized enterprises with free, customized energy advice “to increase awareness of energy-saving behaviors and rebate programs that could help reduce their energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and costs in their operations”.
“This popular program has been well-received and has achieved great savings for businesses in the Southern Interior and Vancouver Island regions since it was introduced four years ago,” said Lynne Williams, FortisBC.
GreenStep reps will visit participating businesses across the Lower Mainland from now through the end of August to provide businesses owners with a better understanding of their energy use and “how they are spending their energy dollars”.
• Thompson Okanagan – including West Kelowna, Lake Country, Vernon, Kamloops, Salmon Arm.
• Vancouver Island – including Langford, Colwood, Sooke, West Shore, Nanaimo, Duncan, Campbell River.
• Lower Mainland – including Langley and Squamish.
The reps will provide businesses with suggestions on how to reduce their energy use, including low- to no-cost tips on things like water heating, cooking needs or maintaining room temperatures.
Each consultation takes only around 15 to 30 minutes, and businesses also have the option to sign up for a consultation via telephone or videoconference. For owners looking to increase energy efficiency and achieve long-term savings, they can also learn about equipment upgrades—specific to their operations—and FortisBC rebate programs that may apply.
Those choosing to upgrade equipment will receive ongoing support to implement energy-efficiency upgrades and assistance accessing rebates, if applicable, says FortisBC.
Last year, FortisBC and GreenStep visited over 1800 businesses in the Southern Interior and Vancouver Island regions, and completed over 740 energy assessments, in which they identified 757,468 kWh of potential energy savings in LED lighting retrofit projects alone. In 2020, GreenStep helped businesses identify about 5756 GJ of natural gas savings.
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