IT’S like selling coal to Newcastle or ice-cream to Italy.
Kirklees Council has been asked to help Canadians keep warm during their harsh winters.
Energy experts in the capital city Toronto have contacted the council for advice on its pioneering energy efficiency scheme.
Kirklees Warmzone provided free insulation for 30,000 homes across the district between 2007 and 2010.
And now officials in Toronto – where the average January temperature is -9°C – want in on the act.
Clr Andrew Cooper, who helped set up Kirklees’ Warmzone, had a web seminar with 33 of the city’s top energy professionals last week.
The Newsome Green Party councillor said: “I gave them a Powerpoint presentation about Warmzone, explaining how we had done it.
“They have the information now and they will mull it over and decide what to do.”
Clr Cooper added that Canada and England have similar problems saving heat.
“There are countries that are really good at this sort of thing, like the Scandinavian countries which had high energy efficiency standards for years,” he said.
“But they seem to have the same problems in Toronto as we have here, in terms of poor quality housing with poor insulation.”
Kirklees Warmzone cost £20m, with half the money coming from the council from its share of the sale of Leeds/Bradford Airport and half from electricity companies.
Clr Cooper said the investment helped boost the economy.
“It’s not just an energy efficiency programme, it’s a regeneration scheme,” he said.
“It’s a way of putting money back in people’s pockets which would otherwise have been spent on energy costs.”
Other government bodies, including the Scottish Parliament and the Mayor of London have also contacted Kirklees to talk about Warmzone.