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Turn Down the Heat Week Feb 1-8, 2014

News Release  
They are so hot they turned down the heat! FortisBC partners again with Business Improvement Areas of B.C. with the successful “Turn Down the Heat Week” campaign that runs in 21 business communities across B.C.Challenge encourages energy conservation and donations of warm sweaters for charity 

  VICTORIA, B.C.  ̶  January 26, 2014: FortisBC and the Business Improvement Areas of B.C. (BIABC) are teaming up once again to promote energy conservation during “Turn Down The Heat Week”, February 1 to 8 2014. Participating businesses in approximately 21 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) will turn down the heat at work and at home and wear sweaters to help promote energy conservation. This event is collaboration between FortisBC and BIABC with the enthusiastic support of Business Improvement Associations from all over the province.   Last year the event raised over 5,000 sweaters, twice the campaign goal, and those were donated to local charities in need. Businesses championed together to turn their thermostats down and help encourage their customers to do the same at home.   “The objective of “Turn Down the Heat Week” is to make everyone more aware of energy conservation – and what can be easily done to reduce it – while collecting sweaters for those in our communities who can really use them,” said Ken Kelly, Chair of the BIABC. “This is another example of BIA’s in downtowns and commercial centers in the province reinforcing the sense of community between businesses and residents. We appreciate FortisBC supporting our desire to emphasize the importance of many doing something small, and whose efforts together can have a huge impact.”   “FortisBC is pleased to support “Turn Down the Heat Week” once more. We’re committed to raising awareness about the small steps our customers can take to become more energy efficient, like putting on a sweater instead of turning up the thermostat,” said Doug Stout, vice-president, energy solutions and external relations, FortisBC. “Space heating accounts for about 50 per cent of a customer’s energy bill – so these small changes could really help them lower their energy use.”   Local BIAs will collect donations of sweaters and other warm clothing with a combined goal of 3,000 sweaters from participating BIA communities. For its part, FortisBC will be challenging its employees to collect donations of gently used or new sweaters for local organizations who will give the sweaters to those in need   Each business will be taking a slightly different approach to the challenge during “Turn Down the Heat Week.” Some will offer sales on sweaters or on hot drinks; some will hand out flyers about energy efficiency; and some will find creative ways to collect warm clothes for local charities. Each BIA will find a different local social service provider to accept the clothing donations at the end of the event. Watch all the activity unfold at:   Business Improvement Areas across BC challenge you to turn down the heat and donate a sweater! The mission of the Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC) is to demonstrate leadership that will champion strong, vibrant, and successful downtowns, main streets, and commercial districts throughout British Columbia. BIABC represents 60 BIAs and 60,000 businesses throughout B.C. To access high resolution images from “Turn Down the Heat Week” follow this link:

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