Businesses challenged to ‘Turn Down the Heat’

FortisBC and the Business Improvement Areas of B.C. (BIABC) are teaming up for the first time to promote energy conservation during “Turn Down The Heat Week,” Feb. 2 to 9.

Participating businesses in 20 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) will turn down the heat both at work and at home and wear sweaters to help promote energy conservation.

This inaugural event is a collaboration between FortisBC and BIABC with the support of 20 BIAs from Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, and the Interior.

“FortisBC encourages a culture of energy efficiency and conservation in the workplace and in the home,” said Doug Stout, vice president of energy solutions and external relations at FortisBC.

“We welcome supporting the Business Improvement Areas in this challenge and encourage our employees and customers to get involved.”

Local BIAs will also collect donations of sweaters and other warm clothing with a combined goal of 2,500 sweaters from participating BIA communities.

For its part, FortisBC will challenge its employees to collect donations of gently used or new sweaters for local organizations who will give the sweaters to those in need.

“The objective of “Turn Down the Heat Week” is to make everyone more aware of reducing energy consumption — and to collect sweaters, coats and warm clothing for those in our communities who can really use them,” said Teri James, director of the BIABC and executive director of the Downtown Langley Business Association.

“This is another example of BIAs in the province working with organizations to reinforce a sense of community.”

The DLBA is collecting warm clothes for the Gateway of Hope. During this week as well, FortisBC will be encouraging customers to turn down the heat and put on a sweater. Customers will be asked to tweet FortisBC a photo of them in their cozy sweater for a chance to win a $200 gift card.

Drop boxes for warm clothes are located at the DLBA office at #201-20559 Fraser Hwy. as well as at Choo Choos Restaurant, 20559 Fraser Hwy. and Crystal Vision and Hearing, 20611 Fraser Hwy. Any business wishing to supply a drop box or requiring more information is asked to contact the DLBA office at 604-539-0133 or email

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