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Small business challengers ready to compete

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For two Lower Mainland small businesses, it's going to be a busy summer and perhaps a fight to the finish as they compete head-to-head in the Small Business Energy Challenge. The Peartree Restaurant and Back in Motion, a rehabilitation, disability prevention and employment solutions company, are challengers in the Power Smart Small Business Energy Challenge.

Both companies will be guided by an energy advisor who will provide expert advice to improve each company's energy management practices and each business will also receive financial support from BC Hydro to make energy-efficient upgrades. The company with the highest percentage energy reduction wins. The Small Business Energy Challenge is designed to help small businesses improve their energy efficiency and inspire others to follow suit.

The Peartree Restaurant versus Back in Motion

Challenger one, the Peartree Restaurant aims to re-evaluate how they manage their energy use. Ambient lighting and a powerful hood kitchen hood fan contributes to the restaurant's energy costs. The restaurant looks forward to getting valuable energy-efficiency advice from their energy advisor. By taking on the challenge, the Peartree Restaurant hopes to better manage their energy use and teach their peers in the restaurant industry how to do the same.

Challenger two, Back in Motion equipment and to change employee attitudes and behaviours towards energy consumption. Heating and lighting are two obstacles that Back in Motion faces in managing their energy use. Portable heaters in chilly individual office spaces and fluorescent lighting, equipment, and appliances all add to their energy using equation. By competing in the challenge, Back in Motion is motivated to rehabilitate their energy management practices and share their learnings with their other clinic locations.

Both challengers are ready to compete and have so far trained for the challenge by already practicing energy-efficient behaviours such as unplugging equipment at the end of the day and turning of unnecessary lights. These two challengers are well-matched and look to be solid opponents.

How the challengers were selected

Last February, businesses in the Lower Mainland nominated themselves, explaining why they wanted an energy-efficiency upgrade and answering questions about their businesses. Two challengers with the most compelling story were selected. Make sure to check back on the Energy Challenge in October for the final results and the challenge winner.

Switch to energy-efficient products

If your small business missed this year's entry deadline, take on your own energy challenge and consider energy-efficient upgrades through the Product Incentive Program. The program provides financial incentives to small and medium businesses to replace inefficient technologies with new energy efficient products.