‘Tis the season to bundle up in your coziest sweaters, and cocoon yourself in your favourite blanket.

And once you do that, you won’t even need to crank up the heat!

This week, from November 4th – 10th, the Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia (BIABC) and FortisBC are bringing the Turn Down the Heat campaign to communities all across the province.

A simple goal

The two organizations in collaboration are challenging businesses and residents alike to turn down their thermostats and instead, layer up in their warmest clothes.

In the same breath, the initiative also asks people to donate warm clothing for people in need in local charities at participating BIAs (Business Improvement Areas).

The aim is to save energy, conserve resources, and help people in need – all at the same time!

The campaign has been a huge success in the past

Last year, over 400 businesses representing 14 BIAs collected more than 2,500 sweaters and warm pieces of clothing to donate to families in need.

“We are thrilled that BIABC is working alongside FortisBC on this initiative again. Being energy efficient is important to our members, our community, and the environment. Together it’s the little things, like turning down the thermostat, that can make a huge difference,” says BIABC president Kendra Johnston.

“We’re fortunate to have FortisBC support this partnership. They are as committed to global stewardship as we are. When we all work together, our efforts make a significant impact for change.”

This year almost 20 BIAs, including Downtown Victoria, will be participating in the program.

Will you be turning down the heat too?