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 from Feb. 2 to 9.
Participating businesses in 19 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) will turn down the heat at work and at home and wear sweaters to help promote energy conservation.
'Beyond' the Kitchen Door, Rattan Plus Home & Patio, Union Street Grill & Grotto, Sock Soiree, Square 1 Travel, the Potter's Place, Zocalo Café and Ski Tak Hut are participating in Courtenay.
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.
As a participating BIA area, Downtown Courtenay is pleased to be collecting sweaters, hats, and gloves for their chosen charity; Vancouver Island Aids Society. Raising awareness of energy consumption, and helping out those in need at the same time is the focus of the participating businesses downtown.
Customers are encouraged to look for the Turn Down the Heat posters in windows and donate a gently used sweater.
Each business will take a slightly different approach to the challenge during Turn Down the Heat Week. Some will offer sales on sweaters or on hot drinks; some will hand out flyers about energy efficiency; and some will find creative ways to collect warm clothes for local charities. Each BIA will find a different local social service provider to accept the clothing donations during or at the end of the event.