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General News · 21st July 2014
Mary Carstairs
B.C. Hydro’s Energy Saving Kit Doesn’t Make Up for 28 per cent rate increase.

CAMPBELL RIVER – The B.C. Liberals’ new energy saving kit won’t do enough to help North Island families who are struggling to afford the Liberals’ 28 per cent hydro rate hike, says Claire Trevena, North Island MLA.

Trevena said that B.C. Hydro receives more calls from the North Island about excessive hydro rates and disconnections than anywhere else in the province. And as a result, it has sent nine of its new energy saving kits to her Campbell River community office.

“We get hundreds of people approaching my office every year because they cannot deal with high hydro rates,” said Trevena. “They are facing the stress and anxiety of disconnection and that’s only going to get worse with the 28 per cent rate hike.”

The free kit includes such items as energy saving light bulbs, tap aerators, window insulator film and foam weather strip.

“These energy saving kits may do something to help a few people, but they do not deal with the fact that the B.C. Liberals have so grossly mismanaged our public utility and our once reasonable electricity rates are skyrocketing,” said Trevena.

“The irony is that while we know of hundreds of people who would benefit from a proper home retrofit, or from the LiveSmart program, my office received just nine of these packs.”

Trevena said that because of the very limited number of packs, her office would be contacting individuals who the office has worked with and may benefit from them. Others who want a kit should contact B.C. Hydro directly.