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Wear a sweater and save some energy during Turn Down the Heat Week

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Put on a sweater, turn down the heat save some dollars and help out the Caring Place do its good work.

That’s what the Downtown Maple Ridge Business Improvement Association wants you to do starting Saturday for the next week.

The Turn Down the Heat week is a joint project between FortisBC, which supplies B.C.’s natural gas and the Business Improvement Areas of B.C.

The idea is for local businesses to collect or supply warm clothing for those in the Salvation Army’s Caring Place.

At the same time, business owners and employees in the downtown will put on their own sweaters and cool down their workplaces for those days and save some energy.

“The objective of Turn Down the Heat Week is to make everyone more aware of energy consumption – and what can be done to reduce it – while collecting sweaters for those in our communities who can really use them, said Ken Kelly, chair of the BIABC in a release.

Ineke Boekhorst, executive director of the Maple Ridge BIA, said she’s hoping businesses turn down their heat by a couple of degrees.

“Wear a sweater.”

• Downtown shops are having sales on scarves and sweaters and selling hot chocolate, she pointed out.

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