Conservation & Sustainability
Conservation & Sustainability
Mar 24, 2013
VANCOUVER – British Columbians saved 136 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.95 per cent during Earth Hour Saturday night – the equivalent of turning off more than 10 million 12.5-watt LED light bulbs.
Many communities across the province successfully im...
Aug 3, 2012
August 3, 2012
Going out of town? Unplug and save!
Planning a vacation this summer or even a small getaway trip over the long weekend? While on vacation, be smart with your power and cut down on electricity use and costs.
Here is an energy-efficient vacation check list:
Jul 31, 2012
BC Hydro recognizes 42 businesses for energy leadership
Vancouver, BC – BC Hydro has named 42 businesses and individuals in British Columbia as finalists for the Power Smart Excellence Awards. The bi-annual Power Smart Excellence Awards recognize best-in-class energy conservation leadership...
Jul 13, 2012
July 13, 2012
Keep your cool and save money using BC Hydro’s energy-savings tips
This summer, have fun in the sun but keep your cool indoors. Here are some tips on how to be smart with your power and cut down on your electricity use and costs.
• Cool air in, hot air out - Lock out hot air during ...
Jun 27, 2012
June 27, 2012
BC Hydro expands energy conservation assistance program through partnership with FortisBC
Vancouver, BC: BC Hydro is expanding the reach of the Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP) through a partnership with FortisBC. The program, designed to help residentia...
Jun 20, 2012
June 20, 2012
The Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) has announced funding towards fish and wildlife research and restoration projects in watersheds stretching across BC from Vancouver Island to the Shuswap.
Coho, pink and sockeye salmon, grizzlies, mule deer and marmots are among the ...
Jun 13, 2012
June 14, 2012
Energy-efficient Power Smart home makeover
Kamloops resident Sheila Anderson has won an energy-efficient home makeover!
3,000 people from across BC sent in their tips on how they are smart with their power to BC Hydro’s “Power is Precious Pointers” contest. Ms. Anderson’s name wa...
May 4, 2012
May 4, 2012
BC Hydro Smart Metering update
VANCOUVER – BC Hydro has put in over 1.1 million smart meters across the province and installation is now more than 60 per cent complete.
Once smart meters are fully operational they will:
- Help get the lights back on faster during power outage...
Apr 20, 2012
April 21, 2012
Make every day Earth Day
Being smart with power saves millions
Vancouver, B.C. - Since 2007, BC Hydro estimates that customers have saved $300 million in bill savings through participation in Power Smart programs. For BC Hydro, that translates into energy savings: 3,000 gigawatt ho...
Apr 1, 2012
April 1, 2012
BC repeats Earth Hour success
VANCOUVER – British Columbians saved 121 megawatt hours of electricity and reduced the provincial electricity load by 1.67 percent during Earth Hour last night – about the same as the 1.8 percent drop last year – and the equivalent of turnin...
Mar 23, 2012
March 23, 2012
Earth Hour 2012: turn off the lights to save electricity
VANCOUVER – BC Hydro is encouraging British Columbians to join other Canadians in support of Earth Hour 2012 by turning off their lights on Saturday, March 31 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. Last year British Columbians saved 117 mega...
Mar 9, 2012
March 9, 2012
Turn daylight savings into energy savings
BC Hydro offers seasonal tips and in-store lighting specials
Vancouver, B.C. – Early this Sunday clocks spring forward, and it’s time to put that extra hour of sunlight and longer days to work by springing into energy savings:
Jan 17, 2012
January 17, 2012
Cold, snowy weather means high power needs across B.C.
BC Hydro’s tips to help lighten the load and stay warm and safe…
Vancouver, B.C. – Cold and snowy is the forecast for B.C. this week, and that means two things from a power perspective: 1) If there’s a power outage, have a ...
Jan 4, 2012
January 4, 2012
BC Hydro to purchase clean power from Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd. green energy project
Nanaimo, B.C. – Starting in 2013, Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd. will be generating and selling clean power to BC Hydro. Under its Integrated Power Offer, BC Hydro has signed a 15-ye...
Nov 4, 2011
November 3, 2011
A first for Western Canada and B.C.: Television watching gets more energy efficient
Vancouver – There are currently more than 1.1 million digital TV boxes (also known as set-top boxes) in B.C. homes and each one could be using more energy than a small refrigerator. Now, f...
Oct 1, 2011
October 1, 2011
Two chickens to paralyze? Power Smart month starts today with fun approach to saving energy
Vancouver, BC – Power Smart month is here again with a number of engaging and often humorous ways to encourage all British Columbians to be smart with their electricity and to reinf...
Sep 29, 2011
Sept. 29, 2011
Why do B.C. homes have the fewest second fridges in Canada?
Vancouver, BC – British Columbians have fewer second refrigerators than anywhere else in Canada, which is great because a second fridge is one of the highest energy users in a home.
The question though is, why is B.C. so ...
Jun 17, 2011
June 17, 2011
B.C. meets six per cent energy reduction goal for Game 7
Team Power Smart member Ryan Kesler and Vancouver Canucks congratulated on an electrifying season
Vancouver, B.C. – BC Hydro is congratulating its customers for rising to the challenge of reducing energy use during Game 7 by ...
Jun 16, 2011
June 15, 2011
Agreement Provides New Opportunities for St’át’imc
Lillooet – BC Hydro and the Province of British Columbia joined with the St’át’imc in Lillooet on Tuesd...
Jun 16, 2011
Six smart tips to help reduce energy use by 6 per cent for Game 7
Vancouver, B.C. – After challenging British Columbians yesterday to reduce energy use by six per cent during Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Final, BC Hydro today offered six simple things that fans can do to deliver their own winning pe...
Jun 16, 2011
June 14, 2011
BC Hydro challenges British Columbians to reduce energy use by 6 per cent for Game 7
Accidental conservation continues during the Stanley Cup Finals
Vancouver, B.C. ...
May 11, 2011
The 2-1 win over the Nashville Predators Monday night in the music city has Canucks fans singing praises for their team which is now one step closer to reaching their cup dreams. The claw-biting game not only produced the win that fans had hoped for, it was also a win in conservation. As with pre...
May 2, 2011
NELSON – Breeding season for the western screech-owl has begun, and with it comes a bird call that the Fish and Wildlife Compensation Program (FWCP) is asking the public to listen for.
Listed as an endangered species both federally and provincially, the FWCP is looking to track these owls to bett...
Feb 28, 2011
Feb. 28, 2011 No. 55
BC Hydro announces 2010 Invent the Future winners
Vancouver – Who can we count on to be the champions of conservation and sustainability in the future? B.C. youth, that’s who, based on their creative and energetic submissions to BC Hydro’s Invent the Future conte...
Nov 24, 2010
Power Smart conservation and efficiency initiatives benefit all BC Hydro customers
NANAIMO – BC Hydro presented $1 million to Nanaimo Forest Products Ltd., Harmac Pulp Mill, today in a partnership to help the pulp mill modernize their vacuum pump system which will result in significant energy sav...
Nov 23, 2010
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.
Oct 25, 2010
Posted by Simi Heer
More than 1,300 energy and business professionals are gathering in downtown Vancouver this week to learn about incorporating energy efficiency into their business practices at the Power Smart Forum.
They will be joined by leading energy and environmental experts from around th...
Sep 27, 2010
Posted by Jennifer Maniezzo
Another Team Power Smart member is being rewarded for their commitment to conservation. Courtenay resident Paul Sutter has been named a winner of the BC Hydro Home Energy Contest and was rewarded with a $1,000 energy efficient prize package.
Paul was at the Sears in Na...
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