From November 4 – 10 staff at participating downtown Victoria businesses don warm sweaters and turn down their thermostat at work, and at home, reaping the financial benefits of reducing energy consumption. The collection of warm clothing at all participating businesses for the Victoria Cool Aid Society during this week draws attention to the initiative and helps get the conversation started.
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About Turn Down the Heat Week

The Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC), in collaboration with FortisBC, are providing warmth to communities across the province this November. Turn Down the Heat Week runs from November 4 – 10, 2017 and encourages residents and businesses alike to reduce their energy consumption by turning down the heat, donning a comfy sweater and providing for those in need.

This year close to 20 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) from across Metro Vancouver, Vancouver Island and the Okanagan are dialing down their thermostats to bring awareness to this important issue. Residents in participating areas are invited to show their support by bundling up in their coziest sweaters and donating warm clothing for local charities at participating BIAs. Retailers involved in this year’s Turn Down the Heat Week are putting their own stamp on the campaign with each business encouraging donations by offering discounts, snacks or energy-saving tips to customers.

“We are thrilled that BIABC is working alongside FortisBC on this initiative again. Being energy efficient is important to our members, our community, and the environment. Together it’s the little things, like turning down the thermostat, that can make a huge difference,” says BIABC president Kendra Johnston. “We’re fortunate to have FortisBC support this partnership. They are as committed to global stewardship as we are. When we all work together, our efforts make a significant impact for change.” In 2016, 400 businesses representing 14 BIAs collected more than 2,500 sweaters and warm pieces of clothing to donate to families in need.

“Being aware of energy use and using it efficiently is good for business. It can reduce costs and preserve resources,” said Danielle Wensink, FortisBC’s director, conservation and energy management. “Turn Down the Heat Week highlights the small changes businesses and residents can make that together have a big impact, all while supporting worthwhile community causes. It’s a win-win for everyone and we’re proud to be a part of it.”

FortisBC supports businesses year-round with hands-on advice and a range of rebates and programs to help them save energy and reduce space and water heating costs. In fact, last year, FortisBC provided business customers with $8.5 million in natural gas incentives and $1.2 million in electricity incentives.  These upgrades will continue to pay customers back in lower energy use for years to come.