Energy, we all use it , transportation and the buildings we work and live in make up for most of it. Finding ways to use less energy and use it more efficiently is what you stand to gain at the 3rd annual Nelson Green Home and Energy Show. There will be sustainable and conventional building specialists on hand to help you explore the world of green building and upgrading.

This free event, sponsored by Nelson Hydro’s EcoSave program, the West Kootenay EcoSociety and Columbia Basin Trust will take place at the Prestige Lakeside Resort on Tuesday September 22nd from 6:30 pm to 9:00 pm.

“The last two years we have had over 300 come out to learn about greener options for building, renovating and improving energy efficiency,” says EcoSave Program Coordinator Carmen Proctor, “Last year we added electric transportation and this year we are adding vendor presentations to the event.”

This event will give locals an opportunity to speak with experts and professionals in a trade show style venue and enter to win lots of prizes. Here are a few highlights of the show:

  • Electric bike and car vendors and several ambassadors who own and operate a variety of electric bikes and cars.
  • Slide shows presentations from home energy improvement vendors.
  • Natural home builders, heat pump and geothermal experts, LED lighting, Passiv Haus, Solar, FortisBC Gas and Electric, and much more.
  • A tiny house will be on display for people to walk-through
  • EcoSave Program: learn how to access energy assessments, rebates and on-bill financing, and get on the interest list for the proposed Community Solar Garden.
  • City of Nelson Water Supply & Conservation: learn about the current water situation and how you can help.

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.

“Energy retrofits is one of the most efficient ways to do this,” Proctor says “Increase your insulation, upgrade your space and water heating 1 and seal-up your home by weatherizing. The EcoSave program helps Nelson Hydro’s customers do this through energy assessments with access to rebates and financing.” The grand door prize this year will be a $1,000 off of a Pedego Electric Bike of your choice, from Voltage Bikes, (prize is transferable). “The whole basis of the show,” Proctor explains, “is to bring people out to see the local options that there are for making greener choices; for buildings and transportation.”