The Downtown Vernon Association is participating in Turn Down the Heat Week.

The Downtown Vernon Association is participating in Turn Down the Heat Week.

Vernon turns down the heat

From Sunday to Saturday, the Downtown Vernon Association is participating in Turn Down the Heat Week.

Vernon residents can help ensure their neighbours are warm this winter.

From Sunday to Saturday, the Downtown Vernon Association is participating in Turn Down the Heat Week.

An initiative of Business Improvement Areas of B.C., the goal of Turn Down the Heat Week is to encourage businesses and their customers to don a sweater and save energy.

Each business improvement area will also have its participating members collect warm clothing that will be donated to a local charity.

“Turn Down the Heat Week allows participating BIAs to change their own habits to save energy, but also to give back to their communities,” said Corry Hostetter, BCBIA president.

“Local business owners are connecting with those who live in their area every day, and are able to share their enthusiasm and knowledge about saving energy by making small changes like putting on a sweater. We’re very fortunate to have the support of FortisBC to create this grassroots conservation campaign across B.C., in communities large and small.”

Warm clothing collected in downtown Vernon will be donated to the Canadian Mental Health Association.

More information, go to bia.bc.ca/turndowntheheatweek.