Tips for lowering pressure on the grid and on your energy bill
VANCOUVER – With sustained cold temperatures province-wide, there is currently a very high demand for electricity. BC Hydro customers are encouraged to keep some easy electricity conservation tips top of mind while staying warm.
Efficiency with non-essential power use is more important than ever during a cold snap in order to ensure that our power supply remains reliable for essential needs.
On Monday night, the hourly peak demand – 9,877 megawatts – was recorded between 5 and 6 p.m., representing an increase of more than 1,900 megawatts over the peak a week earlier. BC Hydro has systems in place to meet this unusually high demand and provide reliable power, but with a few simple measures, everyone can contribute to lessening the stress on the electrical grid while still staying warm.
Here are some ways to help minimize home electricity use in cold weather:
Timing (and timers!) are, indeed, everything
Keep the cold out and the heat in
Switch it up; do things differently
Choose inexpensive, energy smart lighting
Seem like small measures? Individually, they are, but multiply each one by 1.8 million BC Hydro customers, and the electricity savings add up quickly. What's more, the overall pressure on the grid, particularly in cold weather – and the amount on a monthly electricity bill – can also go down significantly.
For more information, contact:
Senior Advisor, Media Relations
Direct: 604 623 4022
Mobile: 604 828 4964