Mayor Randy McLean

Mayor Randy McLean

Fortis—Let it all hang out

FortisBC wheeled into town recently to promote their campaign for some easy energy saving with their retractable clothesline give-away. Mayor Randy McLean was up bright and early to help FortisBC ambassadors, Bridgitte Leyland and Alice Reynolds, hand out 45’ long clotheslines to local residents who stopped by the gazebo at Veterans Square.

  • Jul. 13, 2011 5:00 p.m.

Summer time brings with it hot days, warm breezes, beach towels, swimming and lots of summer time fun.  Laundry, however, remains constant throughout the year.  Clothes need washing and they need drying.

FortisBC wheeled into town recently to promote their campaign for some easy energy saving with their retractable clothesline give-away.  Mayor Randy McLean was up bright and early to help FortisBC ambassadors, Bridgitte Leyland and Alice Reynolds, hand out 45’ long clotheslines to local residents who stopped by the gazebo at Veterans Square.  “Let it all hang out” is a campaign whereby “FortisBC is helping customers save on their energy costs one shirt at a time,” stated their latest press release on the tour of numerous communities throughout the Okanagan and Similkameen.  “Clothes dryers are on of the most energy consuming appliances in a home.  Using a clothesline, especially in the summer time, is an ideal way to reduce your energy use,” said Tom Loski, vice president of customer service for the company.  “We support energy conscious customers who want to make a difference, and we’re pleased to once again offer free clotheslines.”

FortisBC has more than 5000 free clotheslines to give away and hit Princeton with a van full.  Statistically, a family of four can save $10 to $15 per month or $120 per year on their power bill by drying their clothes on a clothesline.  Other benefits, besides saving money, to drying clothes on a clothesline are the fresh smell, less fabric shrinkage and less wear and tear.

“I think it is a great promotion FortisBC is doing right now,” said Mayor McLean.  “It used to be the only way to dry clothes years ago and sometimes going back to old methods of doing things is not such a bad idea.  I especially like the fact that we can all do our little part to reduce our carbon footprint a little bit more with something as simple as this clothesline.”

FortisBC is also sponsoring a photo contest for customers who are already actively using clothes lines. Customers are invited to submit a photo of their laundry line in use for a chance to win three ENERGY STAR® rated appliances. To submit photos and find full contest details, visit fortisbc.com/laundry or call 1-866-436-7847.