BC Hydro to distribute free energy-saving kits to Food Bank clients

BC Hydro and the Revelstoke Community Connections Food Bank have partnered to distribute free energy saving kits to the Food Bank’s clients, helping them save up to $60 per year in energy costs.

“We know that cost can be a barrier to implementing energy-saving measures, especially if you are hesitant to make an investment in a home you don’t own,” Lisa Coltart, BC Hydro’s executive director of Power Smart and Customer Care, said in a statement. “Thanks to our partnership with the Revelstoke Community Connections Food Bank, we can make energy efficiency more accessible to our low-income customers in Revelstoke by making products available at no cost.”

Each kit contains approximately $75 worth of energy efficiency products that are easy to use and install, like compact fluorescent light bulbs, water-saving showerheads, faucet aerators and weatherstripping.

For her part, Food Bank Program Manager Patti Larson was very pleased with the partnership.

“The Energy Savings Kits is a very worthwhile program that will not only help save clients a few dollars, but it will also give people the opportunity to learn more about saving energy at home,” she said.

BC Hydro representatives will be at the Revelstoke Community Connections Food Bank to distribute the kits directly to customers who qualify on July 30, from 8:30 until 11 a.m. Customers are encouraged to bring their most recent BC Hydro bill to help with the process.

Since 2008, BC Hydro’s Low Income program has distributed more than 25,000 energy saving kits to low income customers provincewide. To be eligible for a free kit you must be a BC Hydro residential account holder and meet the income qualification criteria. Customers can call 1-877-431-9463 to find out if they qualify.

For more information, visit www.bchydro.com/freekit.