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Small Actions Add Up

The Kamloops Chapter of the BC Sustainable Energy Association (BCSEA) is thrilled with the outcome of BC Hydro’s recent “Power Down the Cube” promotion at the Kamloops Home Show. As a result of all the folks who pressed the button on the Cube, the local group will be receiving a $5000 donation in support of their community energy outreach programs.

“We’re absolutely delighted – this donation is a wonderful acknowledgment of the work that we do in our community, and we are very grateful for BC Hydro’s support,” says Gisela Ruckert, Vice-Chair of BCSEA Kamloops. Ruckert points out that the purpose of the “Power Down the Cube” promotion was to show the public just how easy it really is to save energy and money. “The Cube showed that often all it takes is the push of the button or the flick of a switch. Conservation is a mindset, and all of us need to take it seriously. Small actions really do add up.” See a video about the Cube’s visit to Kamloops on October 19 & 20, courtesy of InKamloops.ca video magazine: http://youtu.be/r4lOCL6HfxM

BCSEA Kamloops Chair Cheryl Kabloona explains, “BCSEA Kamloops has worked with BC Hydro on energy conservation initiatives many times in the past, most recently with our Solar Laundry Project. Programs that promote energy conservation are the best way to meet our future energy needs, in that they’re far less costly than developing and upgrading the big generation facilities. BC Hydro also knows that we get good public engagement here because we work hard at it and we’re part of the community. We’re volunteers too, so we can stretch those dollars a long way!”

Ruckert looks forward to the next stage: identifying the best use of this windfall. “Every year we go through a process of brainstorming ideas and prioritizing projects. We have a lot of creative people on our team, so this part is really fun. This funding could be used for another Solar Laundry campaign, prizes for our Climate Change Showdown program in the schools, hosting presentations….anything that gets the energy conservation message out into the community.”

Do you have a suggestion for the Kamloops BCSEA? Bring your ideas to the Annual General Meeting this Wednesday, November 13 at 7 pm at the Plaza Hotel.

The BC Sustainable Energy Association is a non-profit organization that works with British Columbians to build a clean, renewable energy future. To learn more about it, please visit www.bcsea.org.