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Oct 7, 2016
Wildlife Rescue

Moving house can be tricky. And when the homes are active osprey nests, pulling up stakes can be extra hazardous.  In June, BC Hydro crews in Salmon Arm performed the delicate and dangerous task of relocating two 40-kilogram nests. These hefty homes, with their characteristic tangle of twigs, were built atop...

Oct 7, 2016
BC Hydro's hot new fall offers, deals and rebates

This fall, look for rebates on ENERGY STAR® fridges, clothes washers and dryers. Rebates on these items will be available on purchases made between September 30 to November 30, 2016. Check www.powersmart.ca for more details. Ready to find out how much energy your home uses, in real time? Rainforest Automation sells...

Oct 7, 2016
Plugged in

BC Hydro customers track their electricity consumption online...

Jun 27, 2016
Does hand-washing dishes really use less electricity than your dishwasher?

The short answer is no. Surprised? Today’s dishwashers are extremely efficient, cleaning dishes to a sterile, sparkling shine with as few as nine litres of water. According to a study conducted at the University of Bonn in Germany, an energy-efficient dishwasher uses half the power, one-sixth the water and less...

Jun 25, 2016
Prepare for hot summer weather

Last summer, the Lower Mainland suffered a severe drought. Between May and July 2015, total rainfall recorded at Vancouver International Airport was just 36 mm, a record low going back to 1937 (normal for that period is 155 mm). “The odds of last year happening again are pretty low,” says meteorologist...

Jun 21, 2016
How to better manage your hot water use at home

Cut water-heating costs by implementing these tips from eco-plumbing expert Lee Hupka, owner of Green Choice Plumbing & Heating Ltd. The old high-flow fixtures are definitely water wasters. If you switch to low-flow fixtures, you’ll use about a third of the water... another big waste is people running the water to...

Jun 20, 2016
Lower energy bills can be yours for a song

The temptation to linger in the shower is understandable, but unnecessarily long showers quickly add up. Even with a low-flow shower head that dispenses about 9.5 litres of water per minute, that’s almost 100 litres down the drain in just 10 minutes. But if you time the length of your...

Jun 20, 2016
Did you get it right? - Summer 2016

We ran an online poll to see what Team Power Smart members believe uses more hot water: a seven-minute shower or a 20-minute bath. The results are in, and BC Hydro senior engineer David Rogers exposes the truth. The majority of Team Power Smart customers (60%) chose the shower, and were...

Jun 20, 2016
Shining shores

Imagine the sheer number of plastic wrappers, juice bottles, cigarette butts and other junk it takes to fill 15,776 garbage bags. That’s how much trash volunteers cleared during the Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup last year: a weighty total of 175,932 kilograms. Team Power Smart members filled many of those bags,

Jun 20, 2016
BC Hydro’s hot new summer offers, deals and rebates

Get money back for energy-efficient upgrades to your home. BC Hydro’s Home Renovation Rebates include: up to $1,200 for upgrading insulation; up to $500 for draftproofing; up to $50 for ventilation improvements; and an $800 rebate for heating-system improvements. Not sure where to start? Consider a home energy audit to...

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