Rossland Energy Crawl 2016

Join us for Rossland's first Energy Crawl!

Have you ever wondered how air source heat pumps work?  How do geopthermal heating systems perform in Rossland? What rebates are available to help you make energy conservation upgrades to your home?

Rossland Energy Crawl

A self-guided tour of residential energy conservation technologies

Sunday November 6 from 1 - 4 pm


Just read the descriptions below, decide what homes interest you and then drop in at any of the Energy Crawl homes between 1- 4 pm on Sunday November 6th.     See the energy conservation renovation or alternate energy technology at work.   And  learn about the pros & cons directly from the homeowners.  

FortisBC rebates may be available to help you do energy conservation renovations or install energy conserving appliances & heating systems in your home.  Drop by the Energy Crawl Headquarters at the Rossland Library and ask FortisBC about their rebates.   Trade in 2 incandescent or compact fluorescent lightbulbs for energy saving LED bulbs while you are there! 

A printable version of the Energy Crawl Brochure (Map & Home Descriptions) is available at the bottom of this page.  


Energy Crawl Headquarters & Host Home Descriptions

1. Energy Crawl Headquarters and FortisBC LED Lightbulb Exchange at the Rossland Library

Drop by Energy Crawl Headquarters at the Library to pick up a printed copy of the Energy Crawl Map.  And ask questions about the Energy Crawl. 

Still using incandescent and compact fluorescent bulbs in your home? Trade them in for energy star rated LED light bulbs and save on your electricity bills! Bring up to 2 bulbs per household to the Library during the Energy Crawl and FortisBC will give you 2 LED bulbs. Free. And while you are there, ask FortisBC about their home renovation rebate programs and new energy efficient appliance rebates. Learn about all of FortisBC's energy conservation rebate programs here.


2. Straw bale home of Larry Doell & Audrey Gerein - 888 Esling Drive (Chinese Gardens area – below Thompson Ave)

3000' of underground piping is the heat source for the geothermal system that heats the Doell’s straw bale home.    By orienting their home on an on E-W axis and placing windows strategically,  this homes takes advantage of passive solar heating opportunities.   Deep roof overhangs provide shade April to Sept help keep this home cool all summer.  Ask Larry about his conversion of his pot lights to LED’s and how FortisBC rebates made conversion economical.

3. Home of Shaun & Doreen Taylor – 2911 Cedar St  (Pinewood)

This home has so much to share! Air source heat pump heating system, tankless hot water on demand system, low E triple pane windows, low flow plumbing fixtures and LED lighting throughout. But what am I most excited about? The Power Pipe drain water recovery system! Yep, a special drain pipe that will recover much of the heat from your shower or kitchen sink grey water and use it to preheat the cold water flowing to your hot water tank. Oh, I want one! Check it out


4. Terry & Almeda Miller's "Pretty Good House" - 1950A Kirkup (Upper Rossland)

A sweet little, newly built, 900 sq foot small home that used insulated concrete form construction, European style high efficiency windows, and mega amounts of insulation to create an energy efficient isolated thermal mass home. Radiant space heating and on- demand water heating is served by a single system. Lovingly researched and built by the homeowners, who would love to share what they've learned with you.

5. Salon Kula/Home of Kelly & Tenille St. John - 2167 Washington Street (Downtown)

This combined residence & business is heated by a Mitsubishi ductless heat pump system. Ductless heat pumps significantly reduce heating and cooling costs compared to more traditional heating systems. Older heat pump systems didn't work very well in colder temperatures but this model's hyper-heating technology has overcome that limitation and works effectively to -25 C. And it can be controlled by a wifi enabled thermostat or by a remote control!  And host Kelly St. John is also an experienced solar photovoltaic designer and installer.  Ask Kelly about  Rossland’s solar potential.  

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