The Parksville & District Chamber of Commerce are pleased to be able to offer business owners on Vancouver Island the Services of a Business Energy Advisor to businesses with current BC Hydro costs under $50,000.00/year on the Central/North Vancouver Island, Powell River and the Sunshine Coast.
The BEA Program is in its 3rd year, and to date 500 businesses on the North Island, Powell River and the Sunshine Coast have been contacted, with 240 of those businesses receiving full energy audits; and of those, we have a record of 74 businesses that have completed upgrades and one business participated in the Champion Program. We believe the upgrade number is higher, based on observation of many businesses completing the upgrades after an audit without assistance from the BEA. In terms of kilowatt hours of energy saved, we estimate that there has been a conservation of close to one million kw hours of electricity saved, as a direct result of participation in the LiveSmart Small Business Program in this region.
In addition to saving energy this FREE service saves business owners money.
As well as providing the service, the Chamber is also a participant and have reduced their energy footprint by replacing all light bulbs with LED bulbs and in May of 2013 a solar panel will be installed on the roof of the Visitor Centre, which will reduce heating costs by 55%.
The Program is designed to :
- deliver free energy assessments
- help owners tap into available product incentives and cash rebates, and,
- help co-ordinate product installation.
Once complete, the LiveSmart Small Business program is forecast to save businesses across the province over $7 million in utility costs and 82.5GWh of electricity per year, enough to power 7,500 homes. More than 4,000 small businesses are expected to benefit from direct installation and incentives, helping B.C’s reach its goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020.
For more information contact:
Business Energy Advisor
250 248 3613