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Posted: September 1, 2014

East Kootenay Energy Diet encore

The East Kootenay Energy Diet has been officially launched for another year!

The East Kootenay Energy Diet (EKED) is a program that helps residents of the East Kootenay save energy, emissions and money through home renovations.

Homeowners in the East Kootenay have a second chance to sign up for an EnerGuide Home Evaluation at a reduced cost, and receive one-on-one assistance to access rebates and incentives for eligible energy efficient home renovations.

Almost 200 homeowners in the East Kootenay took advantage of this opportunity in 2013.

New this year, residents who heat with propane or heating oil may be eligible for incentives to help reduce their energy costs.

Sally Masters, Community Relations, East Kootenay, with BC Hydro is pleased to see the program running again: “BC Hydro is a proud partner of the East Kootenay Energy Diet. The program will help East Kootenay residents identify tangible ways to reduce their energy consumption, while saving money and improving the comfort of their homes.”

The Regional District of East Kootenay (RDEK), Columbia Basin Trust and FortisBC are also co-funders in the Energy Diet initiative.

Will your renovations qualify for a $750 bonus?

First, sign up by calling toll-free 1-855-598-4134, visiting the website: www.eked.ca or emailing [email protected].

After signing up, you will be contacted by the EKED team to finalize the registration process and confirm specific energy related house information.

Next, depending on the rebate program you qualify for, you may be connected with a Certified Energy Advisor. Follow up support is available to connect with local tradespeople to complete selected energy saving upgrades.

Watch for EKED at markets and community events throughout September where program information will be displayed.

Four community workshops will be hosted throughout the East Kootenay to showcase the local trades and expertise that are available to help homeowners improve the efficiency of their home.

RDEK Electoral Area C director and board chair Rob Gay appreciates the focus on small and rural communities.

“The value of the East Kootenay Energy Diet to our residents is significant. The Energy Diet is a unique service that provides access to one-on-one support in identifying energy savings opportunities. The RDEK is proud to be supporting this initiative for another year,” he said.

The East Kootenay Energy Diet is facilitated by the Community Energy Manager, a shared resource for the RDEK and member municipalities.

This resource is made possible with funding support from the RDEK, Columbia Basin Trust, and BC Hydro. This collaboration, now in its second year, builds on the success of programs such as WaterSmart and Carbon Neutral Kootenays.

The non-profit Community Energy Association is the delivery agent for the Community Energy Manager and East Kootenay Energy Diet.

For more information about the East Kootenay Energy Diet.

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