Turn Down the Heat this week and all the time

Kelowna business are turning down the heat in their stores to conserve energy and wear their favourite sweaters.

Donate sweaters and Turn Down the Heat.

Downtown Kelowna in partnership with the Business Improvement Areas of British Columbia and FortisBC present Turn Down the Heat Week.

From October 23 through 29 people can donate their gently used sweaters, hats or gloves/mitts or new socks to be used by the Kelowna Gospel Mission.  Every item of warm clothes collected will stay in Kelowna.

There are seven easy drop off locations across Downtown Kelowna:

Fashion Foundations (1385 Ellis Street)

Gospel Mission (251 Leon Avenue)

Roy’s Shoes (1627 Ellis Street)

Mavazi Apparel (565 Bernard Avenue)

Prestige Beach House Hotel (1635 Abbott Street)

Picture Perfect (543 Lawrence Avenue)

Downtown Kelowna Association (287 Bernard Avenue)

“We encourage all businesses to consider how they use energy every day for heating, water and even cooking and pledge to take at least one or two simple steps to save where it counts the most for their operation,” says Danielle Wensink, director, conservation and energy management, FortisBC.

“Local business owners are connecting with those who live in their area every day,” says Corry Hostetter, president of BCBIA, “and are able to share their enthusiasm and knowledge about saving energy by making small changes like putting on a sweater.”

Downtown Kelowna joins 17 other Business Improvement Areas around the province in this week-long campaign. In the first three years the campaign has collected more than 10,000 sweaters, twice the original campaign goal, and those were donated to local charities in need.

Watch all the activity unfold at: #turndowntheheatweek, @businessareasBC