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...

Jun 20, 2016
Hydroelectricity explained

It's a big job that's actually quite simple....

Mar 1, 2016
Did you get it right? - Spring 2016

We recently ran an online poll to see where Team Power Smart members think the biggest energy savings are. The results are in and BC Hydro senior engineer David Rogers reveals whether you got it right. According to Rogers, the biggest savings on the list are from washing in cold water.

Mar 1, 2016
How the weather affects your bill

Don’t pack away those winter sweaters just yet. Although spring is almost here, temperatures aren’t guaranteed to rise quickly, says meteorologist Mark Madryga. “Warming is fairly slow, due in part to mountain snowpack and persistent cool ocean water at this time of year. It takes some time for that to...

Mar 1, 2016
Cycle of change

Four years ago, BC Hydro’s Allan Wong had a used bike that needed some TLC. Not knowing how to fix it, Wong turned to Our Community Bikes. After attending a few workshops at the store, staff asked him if he wanted to volunteer to fix bikes for Vancouver’s less fortunate. Today,

Mar 1, 2016
Does washing in cold water really get clothes clean?

When Rosa de Sousa’s hot water tank broke for a week, she decided to put the cold-water wash to the test. As a commercial manager with the Greater Vancouver Laundry and Linen Services, she knew that cold-water wash worked “perfectly fine” but frankly hadn’t practiced what she preached in her own...

Mar 1, 2016
Residential electricity rates across North America

*Data from Hydro Quebec’s 2015 study, Comparison of Electricity Prices in Major North American Cities. Rate for each city is based on what the average rate would be for a monthly energy use of 1,000 kilowatt-hours; rate in effect April 1, 2015....

Mar 1, 2016
How to deal with seasonal humidity

The first step would be to find the source of the moisture and minimize it. Once you’ve limited it, using direct heating in a problem area is a really good idea. For example, if your bathroom has a mould problem, try an infrared heater. It works by heating surfaces rather...

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