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Feb 21, 2017
Electric vehicles speed ahead

Last spring, the number of plug-in electric vehicles sold worldwide surpassed 1.5 million, with a 15% increase in sales during the first five months of 2016 alone. Who are the leaders when it comes to market share? The small European nations of Norway and the Netherlands are racing ahead in sales...

Feb 20, 2017
Would you buy a plug-in electric vehicle in the next five years?

There are now more than two dozen models of plug-in electric vehicles (EVs) available in B.C., ranging from the compact Smart Fortwo Electric Drive and Kia Soul to luxury EVs such as the Tesla Model X and the BMW i8 (go to bchydro.com for a full list). Manufacturers are racing to...

Feb 16, 2017
Quick facts about electric vehicles in B.C.

Quick facts about electric vehicles in B.C.

Feb 15, 2017
Expanding electrification

If you’ve driven on Vancouver Island, travelled through Metro Vancouver, north along the Sea to Sky Highway or east toward the Okanagan, you’ve probably noticed some of the 30 direct current (DC) fast-charging stations installed as the first phase of a BC Hydro pilot project. With affordable and renewable electricity...

Feb 14, 2017
BC Hydro's hot new spring offers, deals and rebates

Switching to LEDs or other energy-efficient lighting can help you save in the long term. Lighting rebates are back, starting March 3 to April 13. Look for instant rebates at participating stores. For more details check powersmart.ca. Are you using less energy this year compared to last year? How do your...

Oct 15, 2016
Are smart homes really expensive?

Creating a fully connected smart home can be expensive. However, the smart home of today offers a very different experience compared to those of even five years ago, making it easier and more cost-effective than ever to get started. New smart tech systems are designed to be modular, plus they also...

Oct 13, 2016
Expect colder weather this fall

“By the time we hit October and November, daylight hours are considerably less and there is a much lower sun angle, which explains the typical rapid cooling heading into fall,” says meteorologist Mark Madryga. “The biggest decline in average temperature over the year is from mid-September to October, when it drops...

Oct 9, 2016
Understanding kilowatt hours and energy use

Making toast for breakfast, running the clothes dryer and watching TV all use electricity. How does it all add up? BC Hydro’s Pat Mathot explains.What is a kilowatt hour? A kilowatt hour (kWh) is a unit of energy equal to one kilowatt of power expended for one hour. Here’s an...

Oct 7, 2016
10 futuristic technologies that have become reality

Smartphones, voice-activated butlers and tablets have transcended science fiction and made their way into our homes, helping us control, manage and monitor our lives. What’s more difficult to imagine? That the idea for the “phone watch” was dreamed up in the 1930s or that the scientists, engineers and big thinkers in...

Oct 7, 2016
Which of these smart-home features are you most excited about?

The number of smart devices in the marketplace has expanded quickly, providing people with greater convenience, comfort and control over how they operate their homes. More than 40% of people who answered our poll are most excited about using smart technology to track their energy use, something that’s already available on...

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