Free Energy Evaluations Available for Low-Income Residents in Campbell River

August 1, 2013

Energy challenge program

Excerpted from the August 1, 2013,
City of Campbell River Media Release

Over the last five months, Campbell River residents have lowered their monthly energy bills thanks to free home energy evaluations. Now, it’s even easier for low-income residents to participate.

Starting this month, applicants to the City’s Leisure Involvement for Everyone (LIFE) program will also have an opportunity to apply for the Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP), which provides qualified lower-income BC Hydro residential account holders with free home energy evaluations and energy-saving products. A Certified Energy Advisor from Elemental Energy Advisors on Vancouver Island can help you with these energy evaluations and recommend energy-saving products for your home.

When city staff members screen for the LIFE program, they will also determine whether an applicant meets the income qualification requirement for the ECAP program – and sign a voucher for qualified applicants to use to apply for ECAP. People who currently hold a LIFE pass, or will soon be registering for one, should visit the Community Centre or Sportsplex and ask about the ECAP program to determine whether they may be eligible for a free energy evaluation and home energy-saving products.

The program for low-income residents follows the success of the City of Campbell River and BC Hydro’s first Energy Rebate Program, which offered free home energy audits to Campbell River residents between January 1 and July 31, 2013.

These programs are a partnership between the City of Campbell River, BC Hydro Power Smart and FortisBC – and a key step in implementing the City’s Community Energy and Emissions Plan. Buildings represent approximately 51 per cent of energy use and 23 per cent of Campbell River’s greenhouse gas emissions. Visit BC Hydro’s website or call 1.877.806.3242 to learn more about ECAP, the eligibility requirements, and how to apply. To contact Elemental Energy Advisors, call 250.830.8000.

To read this media release in its entirety, click here.

Photo credit: The Chow family participated in the Energy Rebate Program and pledged to lower their energy consumption by using low-energy fluorescent light bulbs wherever possible. With this program’s success, a similar initiative is now being introduced for low-income residents.