Energy assessments offered

The LiveSmart BC Business Energy Advisor Program has launched its second round of free energy assessments for businesses.

The LiveSmart BC Business Energy Advisor Program has launched its second round of free energy assessments for businesses in the Thompson Okanagan.

Funding for the program, which includes cash rebates and incentives from both Fortis BC and BC Hydro, has been extended until March 31, 2013.

This time, around 200 small businesses and 150 restaurants will be eligible to receive a free energy assessment delivered by a LiveSmart BC qualified Business Energy Advisor.

The assessment will identify areas where businesses can save energy  such as lighting, heating, cooling, hot water heating and much more.

On average,  businesses that received energy assessments last year had the potential annual savings of $1,000 and could access $1,300 in rebates, with an estimated payback period of 2.5 years and savings of 10,224 kWh in electricity.

The energy assessments provide a baseline for small businesses to understand how they fare in terms of energy efficiency and then connect business owners with  opportunities for rebates, energy efficient technology and cost savings.

The program is provided at no cost to participating small businesses. Businesses can call GreenStep at 250-862-8941 or visit livesmartbc.ca/incentives/small-business to book an assessment.