Exit Sign Program BIABC partnership with BC Hydro
In 2009, BIABC in partnership with BC Hydro launched a bulk buy LED Exit Sign Program among BIABC members. The program was designed to encourage BIABC member businesses to change their exit sign bulbs to energy efficient LED bulbs. Every business is required to install an exit sign over their doors. For approximately $10.00 a business could change over their current incandescent and/or compact florescent light bulbs to energy efficient LED bulbs. BC Hydro introduced the concept to BIABC at the 2008 BIABC Conference.
The Collingwood BIA introduced the program to it's members in 2009. Businesses were encouraged to participate in the program in order to save approximately $26.00 annually in electricity per sign. In addition, the LED Exit Sign bulbs last years longer and require fewer replacements. Several businesses took advantage of BC Hydro's PIP Program (Power Incentive Program) and retrofitted other lights in their business to energy efficient lights and will realize thousands of dollars in savings over the course of several years.