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Energy saving kits help low-income customers reduce energy consumption and costs

VANCOUVER – Energy consumption can increase, on average, by 88 per cent, in the colder, darker, winter months. Cost can be a barrier to energy conservation and BC Hydro, in partnership with FortisBC, is offering free energy saving kits that will help eligible households manage their electricity use this winter.

Each kit includes simple, easy-to-install products such as LED bulbs, weather stripping products, high performance showerheads and water-saving aerators. These products can help eligible customers save more than $80 in electricity costs each year.

BC Hydro representatives will be at various food banks and Christmas bureaus to distribute the kits directly to customers. Customers must bring their most recent BC Hydro bill to help with the application process.

Since the program launched in 2008, more than 90,000 customers throughout the province have received an energy saving kit.

BC Hydro, in partnership with FortisBC, offers a variety of residential programs, including the Energy Conservation Assistance Program and energy saving kits for income-qualified customers. For eligibility requirements or to apply to receive a free kit online, visit bchydro.com/esk.

Date Time Location
November 30 11:30 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. Prince George Food Bank
3500 18th Avenue, Prince George
November 30 6 to 8 p.m. Habitat for Humanity presentation
1755 13th Street, Courtenay
December 1 9:30 to 11 a.m. Comox Food Bank
1-1491 McPhee Avenue, Comox
December 1 1 to 3 p.m. Nanaimo Food Bank
1009 Farquhar Street, Nanaimo
December 1 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Smithers Food Bank
3815 Railway Avenue, Smithers
*partnership with Pacific Northern Gas
December 7 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Merritt Food Bank
2026 Quilchena Avenue, Merritt
December 8 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Kamloops Food Bank
171 Wilson Street, Kamloops
December 8 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Surrey Christmas Bureau
13583 104 Avenue, Surrey
December 13 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Langley Christmas Bureau
20702 Eastleigh Crescent, Langley
December 15 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Richmond Food Bank
100-5800 Cedarbridge Way, Richmond
December 15 8:30 to 11 a.m. St. Joseph's Food Bank
32550 7th Avenue, Mission
December 16 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Langley Food Bank
5768 203 Street, Langley

Contact:
BC Hydro Media Relations
p. 604 928 6468