Small biz can save on energy

  • Feb. 15, 2011 3:00 p.m.

Small businesses in the Okanagan can now upgrade to energy-efficient lighting systems at virtually no cost, thanks to a new program sponsored by the Province of British Columbia and FortisBC.

‘FLIP’ stands for the FortisBC/LiveSmartBC Lighting Installation Program.

The $5-million program will arrange for and provide eligible small businesses with the direct installation of up to $5,500 in energy-efficient equipment such as lamps, occupancy sensors and controls.

The FLIP program is available to small and mid-size businesses that have spent less than $20,000 in electricity over the preceding 12 months.

FortisBC-approved contractors will visit participating small businesses to perform lighting audits, identify potential upgrades, and schedule licensed electricians to install the equipment and systems.

Businesses must be within the FortisBC service area. For more information about the FortisBC/LiveSmart Lighting Installation Program, call 1-866-932-8283 or email For more energy efficiency and power outage tips, visit or call the toll free number at 1-866-4FORTIS (1-866-436-7847).