The City of Nelson is the main sponsor of the EcoSave program.

A showcase of energy efficiency in Nelson

No matter what you live in, there’s no denying it… winter is coming.

No matter what you live in, there’s no denying it… winter is coming. And for locals looking to save some household cash, and be a whole lot friendlier to both Old Man Winter and Mother Nature, there’s a first-ever event being held this Tuesday.

Called the Nelson Green Home and Energy Show, the event will feature over 30 sustainable and conventional building specialists.

“Nelson is so rich with local experts ranging from green, sustainable to conventional building,” says EcoSave program coordinator Carmen Proctor, “It will be really interesting to see all of that variety in one room. It’s going to be an excellent educational opportunity for anyone who owns or rents.”

The show will give locals an opportunity to speak with experts and professionals, who specialize in saving energy for your home, using techniques including:

• Sustainable options for new home building and retrofitting.

• The latest energy saving technologies for heating, insulation and windows.

• Energy-frugal tips and how-to demos.

• Accessing energy assessments, rebates and financing.

Sponsored by City of Nelson’s EcoSave program, the West Kootenay EcoSociety, and 103.5 The Bridge, the event is being held at the Prestige Lakeside Resort, with doors opening at 6:30 p.m.

The event is the first co-operative effort between EcoSave and The West Kootenay EcoSociety.

“The EcoSociety’s values align nicely with our EcoSave program,” says Proctor. “So it only made sense to collaborate with them to host an event like this.”

One of the City of Nelson’s key strategies in their Low Carbon Path To 2040 is to lower greenhouse gas emissions within the community.

“And energy retrofits is one of the most efficient ways to do this,” Proctor adds.

At the show you can ‘Tap into energy savings as well,’ get a low-flow showerhead and sign up for a discounted energy assessment, courtesy of FortisBC PowerSense.

There’ll also be exhibits featuring all sorts of cutting edge sustainability trends and technologies, including: Earth plaster, thermal mass, solar, biomass heating, as well as Mandala Homes-Energy Star, Passivhaus homes, a Nelson Tiny Home on-site and more.

“The whole basis of the show,” Proctor explains, “is to bring people out who rent, own or are building a home to learn all the options they have to save energy and save money, and to provide answers to those who have already completed a retrofit who want to make sure that their utility costs stay low.”

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