BC Hydro, Fortis BC and food banks promote energy saving kit offer

Thousands of cereal boxes headed for Greater Vancouver food banks this month don't just pack nutrition. They also include a tip and an offer that can help cut energy bills.

The cereal boxes include a sticker promoting BC Hydro and Fortis BC's free energy saving kit offer for low income customers. Qualifying customers across B.C. can order a kit online that includes energy-efficient lighting (compact fluorescent light bulbs), a low-flow showerhead, weather-stripping and an energy-saving nightlight.  

Four thousand  boxes of Safeway’s healthy Open Nature Granola will be distributed by the Greater Vancouver Food Bank Society, Surrey Food Bank and Sources White Rock/South Surrey Food Bank.

Support your local food bank

The majority of British Columbia's food banks receive no government funding and rely on the public's support and donations.

You can help by donating money by cheque or directly online  via the Food Banks British Columbia website. Or you can donate food items directly — use this food bank finder to find one near you.

Do you qualify for a free energy saving kit?

Are you a BC Hydro or Fortis BC customer who lives in a low-income household? If so, you may be eligible to receive a free energy saving kit.

Get details on the free energy kit offer, including how to apply.

So far, BC Hydro has distributed 50,000 energy saving kits across B.C., resulting in over 15 gigawatts per year of energy savings. The kits have the potential to help customers save up to $100 per year on their power bill.

BC Hydro has another program for low-income customers, the Energy Conservation Assistance Program.

Starworks' role in the cereal box donations

Starworks, a non-profit organization that employs people with developmental disabilities, will sticker the cereal boxes before they are delivered to food banks.

Many Starworks employees live below the poverty line, and their employment at Starworks supplements their earnings.

Starworks has been working with BC Hydro — which directly supports the employment of four people with developmental disabilities — for more than 30 years providing assembly of hot-line insulator tie wires.