BC Hydro opens the door to energy efficiency

BC Hydro Outreach representative Tabitha Hankins discusses the benefits of the Energy Saving Kit with Quesnel resident Anne Blais.

By Posted by Jennifer Maniezzo

As a student, I understand how difficult it can sometimes be to make ends meet. Last year I moved across the country for an educational opportunity and between relocation costs, making my monthly rent payment and having food in my fridge, allotting funds towards energy efficiency was the furthest thing from my mind. My budget did not allow for the initial extra expense, regardless of the return I could receive later through energy savings.

In an effort to make energy efficiency accessible to all British Columbians, BC Hydro is partnering with food banks provincewide to distribute free Energy Saving Kits to low income customers. These kits will not only make homes more comfortable, but will also provide up to $60 in annual energy savings.

Each kit contains approximately $75 worth of energy efficiency products that are easy to use and install, like compact fluorescent light bulbs, water-saving showerheads, faucet aerators and weatherstripping.

To be eligible for a free kit you must be a BC Hydro residential account holder and meet the income qualification criteria (as set by Statistics Canada’s Low Income Cut-Offs).

Food bank clients who bring their BC Hydro bill to participating food banks can receive their kits immediately. They will also receive energy coaching from Outreach representatives to identify further opportunities to save.

Customers can also call 1 877 431 9463 to find out if they qualify.

Did I mention the Energy Savings Kits are free? BC Hydro is making sure that cost is no longer a barrier to conservation or the savings that will continually result from implementing energy efficient measures in your home. More than 25,000 kits have already been distributed since the program started in 2008. Make sure you’re not left out!

BC Hydro representatives will be at the following food banks distributing Energy Saving Kits:

Quesnel Salvation Army July 15
Kamloops Food Bank July 16
Vernon Salvation Army July 28
Revelstoke Community Connections July 30
Smithers – Bulkley Valley Food Bank July 30
Lady Smith Food Bank August 17
Campbell River Food Bank August 18
Parksville/Qualicum Salvation Army August 20

Jennifer Maniezzo is a part of BC Hydro’s media relations team