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This year’s Turn Down the Heat Week campaign resulted in more than 4,000 businesses across the province turning down the thermostat to save energy, while collecting 2,200 items of warm clothing for local charities.
The annual campaign ran from Nov. 4-10 and was a joint initiative between Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC) and FortisBC, which encouraged B.C. businesses and their customers to turn down the heat and donate warm clothing to those in need.

Nearly 20 B.C. business improvement areas (BIAs) took part this year, spanning the province including communities on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast, in the Lower Mainland, Fraser Valley, and Thompson-Okanagan.

“We are thrilled with the results of this year’s campaign. Once again we see that Turn Down the Heat Week proved to be a great opportunity to rally the community together for a good cause. Local businesses were able to give back by collecting donations for charities across the province and share the important message of energy conservation,” said Kendra Johnson, president, BIABC.

“We are truly grateful for FortisBC’s continued support through providing energy saving tips and rebates for businesses as well as resources for the campaign. Without them, we wouldn’t be able to encourage businesses and consumers to get serious about saving energy in the same way.”

Many businesses found creative ways to raise awareness of energy conservation. Some businesses held sales of winter apparel and hot drinks, and some even provided incentives of hot chocolate, coffee and gifts in exchange for sweater donations.

“We appreciate the Business Improvement Areas of B.C. for bringing attention to saving energy through this annual campaign as well as helping those in need,” said Danielle Wensink, director, conservation and energy management, FortisBC.

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