Energy advisor Sorin Pasca of Prince George at the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce Thursday shares energy saving tips.

Energy advisor Sorin Pasca of Prince George at the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce Thursday shares energy saving tips.

BEAS to be discontinued March 31, 2013

Businesses have about six months left to take advantage of the Business Energy Advisor Service.

Businesses have about six months left to take advantage of the Business Energy Advisor Service.

Speaking at the Williams Lake & District Chamber of Commerce monthly luncheon Thursday, BEAS energy advisor Sorin Pasca of Prince George said the service will be discontinued on March 31, 2013.

Pasca offers free energy assessments for businesses in the region.

“I don’t offer a high level assessment; it’s more on the level of a facilitator, helping you take advantage of rebates offered by BC Hydro or Fortis BC,” he explained.

Some of the popular upgrades are to switch from using T12 fluorescent lighting to T8 fluorescent lighting, which translates into a savings of $22 per fixture; going from an incandescent Exit sign to an LED Exit sign for a savings of $37 per fixture; installing occupancy sensors and timers; or obtaining high efficiency water tanks and boilers for a rebate of up to $5,700, Pasca said.

To be eligible businesses have to be registered, privately owned and operated, with electrical bills of $50,000 or less.

If a business is home-based, over 50 per cent of the building has to be used for the business for it to be eligible.

Businesses wanting to register to have an assessment done can contact Pasca at sorin@pgchamber.bc.ca or call him directly at 250-562-2454.