Dine and save during power month

Two Vernon restaurants participating in provincewide campaign

B.C. Hydro is partnering with the Fresh Outlook Foundation for the fourth annual Candlelight Conservation Dinner Oct. 25.

In Vernon, Crush and the Italian Kitchen Co. are dimming their lights to raise awareness of energy conservation.

Participating restaurants are offering exclusive discounts and special offers for one night only. Offers range from a free appetizer to two-for-one entrées.

Every year during October, Power Smart Month, B.C. Hydro shows British Columbians how easy it is to make smart energy use choices and save money on monthly electricity bills. B.C. Hydro provides increased rebates and incentives to help encourage energy conservation throughout the year.

“The Candlelight Conservation Dinner gives British Columbians an opportunity to see how simple it is to make small changes, like turning down the lights, to conserve power,” said Rich Coleman, energy minister.

“Since 2008 B.C. Hydro has saved 3,400 gigawatt hours a year in electricity through conservation — enough to power 309,000 B.C. homes.”

More than 90 restaurants in 10 communities across the province are offering discounts and dimming their lights to raise awareness of energy conservation in October.

“The annual Candlelight Conservation Dinner for Power Smart Month is my favourite event to show how easy it is to be smart with power,” said Lisa Coltart, executive director of Power Smart and customer care.

“Making simple behaviours, like turning off your lights when not in use, a habit can add up to significant energy savings for your home, community and the province.”