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Energy Save New West launched

New Westminster homeowner Nicole Pryor and her son Max are one of the first families to participate in Energy Save New West. - City of New Westminster
New Westminster homeowner Nicole Pryor and her son Max are one of the first families to participate in Energy Save New West.
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BC Hydro, Fortis BC and the city are launching the Energy Save New West program this month.

It's designed to improve the energy efficiency of residences and make it easier for homeowners to access incentives available through LiveSmart BC as well as specific heating, lighting and appliance rebates provided by Fortis and Hydro.

"Our goal is to have 200 homeowners registered in the program at the end of 12 months, with 100 homes having completed the initial energy assessment and proceeding with energy upgrades and improvements to their homes," Mayor Wayne Wright said in a press release

It begins with an energy advisor doing an assessment of a home, the cost of which would be covered by Energy Save New West instead of the homeowner.

"The program is designed to make it easy for homeowners to get a comprehensive energy picture of their home, as well as cost-effective strategies to improve energy efficiency," said Norm Connolly, the city's community energy manager.

Nicole Pryor, who bought a 1930s Craftsman-style bungalow in 2011, is anxious to see what improvements could be made.

"I like the idea of having an energy assessment done so that I have a complete plan for my home, and can see what improvements could be made and what the cost savings would be over time," quoted the press release. "It's the right thing to do from an environmental perspective, and I would like to teach my son these things as we improve our home."

One hundred of the free assessments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up register online at EnergySaveNewWest.ca, or call 604-527-4572.

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