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Fortis offering rebates on energy efficient bulbs

Why spend more on electricity if there are convenient ways to save such as switching to energy efficient ENERGY STAR® CFLs and LEDs? And, when FortisBC electric customers purchase these before November 30, they will qualify for rebates.

“With the winter heating season upon us, many of our customers want to manage their energy costs and conservation is an ideal way to do this,” said Tom Loski, vice president, customer service, FortisBC. "A simple step like changing light bulbs can help families save money over time and as more customers make the switch, have a positive impact on the environment.”

Compact fluorescents (CFLs) have come a long way over the past few years. CFLs now come in a variety of shapes, sizes, colours and even dimmable options. They use up to 75 per cent less energy than traditional incandescent bulbs. To help customers make the switch, FortisBC will currently pay 50 per cent of the cost up to $2.50 for each qualified, Energy Star rated specialty CFL.

Another option is Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). These have traditionally been thought of as an energy-efficient option for decorative outdoor lighting. LEDs are now available for both home and office and use up to 95 per cent less electricity than incandescent bulbs. FortisBC will cover 30 per cent of the cost of Energy Star rated LED bulbs, up to $15 for bulbs less than 10 Watts and up to $10 for bulbs 10 Watts and higher.

The lighting rebates are automatically applied to qualified Energy Star lighting purchased from Home Depot, Save-On Foods, Overwaitea, London Drugs, Rona and Costco. Customers who purchase from a different retailer can submit their receipts with the completed rebate application form (found in-store or online) to the FortisBC PowerSense Program, P.O. Box 130, Trail, B.C., V1R 4L4.

These rebates are available to electric customers of FortisBC and residents of Grand Forks, Kelowna, Summerland, Penticton and Nelson.

For more information on energy efficiency tips, rebates and programs to help save energy in homes or businesses, contact a local PowerSense representative by calling 1-866-436-7847, email or visit

FortisBC is committed to helping customers conserve energy and get the most out of their energy dollar by providing both financial incentives and advice on energy efficient technologies and practices. Since its inception in 1989, FortisBC’s PowerSense program has helped southern interior customers save more than 385 gigawatt hours (GWh), enough energy to power over 30,000 homes for a year.