Downtown turns down heat

FortisBC and the Business Improvement Areas of B.C. are teaming up to promote Turn Down the Heat Week

Downtown Vernon businesses are promoting energy conservation and helping a local charity.

FortisBC and the Business Improvement Areas of B.C. are teaming up to promote Turn Down the Heat Week Feb. 1 to 7, 2015.

“Participating businesses in more than 20 business improvement areas will turn down the heat at work and at home and wear sweaters to help promote energy conservation,” said Gay Pooler, BIABC vice-president.

“Local businesses will also collect sweaters and other warm clothing items to be donated to a charity of their BIA’s choosing.”

Locally, the Downtown Vernon Association will  support the Canadian Mental Health Association.

“Turn Down the Heat Week is an excellent reminder of how simple lifestyle changes can cut down our energy use,” said Roger Dall’Antonia, executive vice-president of customer service and regulatory affairs at FortisBC.

“It’s also an opportunity to give back to the community. To support the initiative, our employees will once again be collecting sweaters for those in need.”