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Deanna Fourt, director of energy efficiency and conservation for Island Health

When it’s time to replace equipment, renovate your building or build a new one, improving energy performance is often an important consideration. It can help save operating costs, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and enhance the premises for everyone who lives or works in your building.

LED lighting and water-efficient fixtures may be the most visible energy-saving upgrades, but considering that space and water heating accounts for more than half of energy usage in commercial buildings, according to Natural Resources Canada, investing in high-efficiency equipment can help you see significant savings.

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To make it easier to invest in high-efficiency natural gas boilers and commercial water heaters, FortisBC offers rebates of up to $45,000. In the Southern Interior of B.C., where FortisBC provides electricity as well as natural gas service, a variety of rebates are also available on commercial electric upgrades such as high-efficiency lighting, electric HVAC equipment, controls and more.

If you’re planning construction or retrofit projects, FortisBC also offers customized programs to help achieve energy efficiency goals. For its projects related to building new hospitals and renovating existing facilities, Island Health has received more than $1 million in rebates for high-efficiency boilers, kitchen equipment and custom incentives for a heat recovery system at its commercial laundry facility in Victoria.

Rebates for these upgrades help Island Health build and maintain facilities to serve the community, staff and patients. “With this work we’ve seen a significant reduction in our energy costs, which means more of our budget can be directed towards health care,” said Deanna Fourt, director of energy efficiency and conservation for Island Health.

If you want to get started on saving energy and costs in your building, FortisBC is there to help every step of the way. To see details on available rebates (including applicable terms and conditions), design a customized program for your project or ask a question, visit fortisbc.com/buildingrebates or email commercialrebates@fortisbc.com.

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