The Downtown Langley Business Association is heating things up by turning down the heat.
FortisBC and the Business Improvement Areas of B.C.
(BIABC) are teaming up for the first time to promote energy conservation during Turn Down the Heat Week, Feb. 2-9.
Participating businesses in 20 Business Improvement Areas (BIAs) including Langley's will turn down the heat at work and at home, and wear sweaters to help promote energy conservation.
Local BIAs will also accept donations of sweaters and other warm clothing with a combined goal of 2,500 sweaters.
"This is another example of BIAs in the province working with organizations to reinforce a sense of community," said Teri James, director of the BIABC and executive director of the Downtown Langley Business Association.
FortisBC will be challenging its employees to collect clothing donations.
"FortisBC encourages a culture of energy efficiency and conservation in the workplace and in the home," said Doug Stout, vice president of energy solutions and external relations. "We welcome supporting the Business Improvement Areas in this challenge and encourage our employees and customers to get involved."
FortisBC will be encouraging customers to turn down the heat. Customers can tweet FortisBC a photo of them in their sweaters for a chance to win a $200 gift card.
This inaugural event is a collaboration between FortisBC and BIABC with the enthusiastic support of 20 Business Improvement Associations from Vancouver Island, Metro Vancouver, and the Interior.
"The response has been almost overwhelming from a BIA perspective, so I can see this being an annual event," James said.
The DLBA will be giving the donated clothing to the Gateway of Hope. Drop boxes for warm clothes are located at the DLBA office at 201-20559 Fraser Hwy., Choo Choos Restaurant at 20559 Fraser Hwy., and Crystal Vision and Hearing at 20611 Fraser Hwy.
Any business wishing to supply a drop box or requiring more information is asked to contact the DLBA office at 604-539-0133 or email email@example.com. The DLBA delivers the boxes and signs, and arranges pick-up of the donations.
"We bring them everything," she said.