City of New Westminster launches exciting new energy efficiency program for businesses
New Westminster, BC – The City of New Westminster has teamed up with the LiveSmartBC: Small Business Program, Metro Vancouver Regional District, BC Hydro Power Smart and FortisBC to help small and medium sized businesses identify potential energy and money saving opportunities in their facilities.
The process starts with a free energy assessment from a Building Energy Advisor who will walk through the facility and help the business owner uncover the energy saving opportunities in their operation. The energy assessment takes about an hour to complete, after which participants will receive a report outlining how energy is being used in the facility, including potential energy savings through equipment replacement, lighting upgrades, operational practices and more.
“After the successful launch of the residential program this summer, I’m excited to see Energy Save New West introduce the program for small businesses,” said Mayor Wright. “The City of New Westminster supports sustainable business practices and part of that is helping businesses improve the energy efficiency of their facilities.”
The goal for the business program is to have 80 energy assessments completed at the end of 12 months, with 40 businesses having completed the initial energy assessment and proceeding with energy upgrades and improvements to their facilities.
“Energy Save New West is looking forward to collaborating with local businesses to help them uncover opportunities to save money through energy reduction,” said Ryan Coleman, Project Coordinator for Energy Save New West. “We understand how busy a business owner can get with their day-to-day operation, and that’s why we’ve designed a program to make the process easy. They’ll get access to a comprehensive, free energy evaluation that will help identify cost-effective strategies for improving energy efficiency.”
Local business owner Natalia Petcu is one of the first to sign up for the business energy assessment.
“As a small business owner, I’m always looking for ways to implement energy efficiency and conservation strategies to save money and stay ahead of my competition. Energy Save New West worked with me to identify the best and most suitable energy opportunities and also assisted with identifying grants and rebates from the utilities.” said Natalia. “Saving energy and money is key motivator, but it’s also about doing what’s right for the environment and local community.”
Free energy assessments are available to local business owners on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up for the program and take advantage of the free energy evaluation offer, you can register online at energysavenewwest.ca or call Ryan Coleman, Project Coordinator, at 604-515-3818.
Ryan Coleman, Project Coordinator
Energy Save New West