Go green, save some green
Okanagan Edge Staff - Sep 21, 2020 - Biz Releases

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Small businesses in Kelowna, Penticton and Nelson looking to bounce back from COVID-19 slowdowns can get some relief through a program being offered by FortisBC and GreenStep Solutions.

The two businesses are working together to offer retailers, restaurants and offices free customized energy advice, helping them lower energy consumption and increase energy efficiency. FortisBC and GreenStep will come to your business for a 15- to 30-minute consultation and then provide a road map to increased energy efficiency.

“We have offered this program to B.C. businesses for the past three years, but this year there is an added significance in supporting small local businesses during this pandemic,” FortisBC conservation and energy management specialist Lynne Williams said in a press release.

“By working with GreenStep, we can help business owners find ways to better manage their energy use, lower their annual operational costs and support them with our conservation and energy management programs.”

GreenStep will offer energy advice via telephone calls, video conferences or through a limited number of in-person visits that follow proper COVID-19 safety protocols.

There are many ways a small business can increase efficiency, whether that is through room temperatures, meeting hot water needs or cooking food. GreenStep will also help businesses manage energy if they are operating on reduced hours or are closed temporarily.

FortisBC, meanwhile, is offering rebates if businesses opt to get new equipment that will lower their monthly energy bills.

Small businesses in Kelowna, Penticton and Nelson have until Dec. 4 to book a consultation. More information can be found here.

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