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Mar 1, 2016
The internet of things

n. (also referred to as IoT) A network of everyday objects—and people—that are connected to the Internet (and to each other), enabling these objects to collect and exchange data. Cisco Internet Business Solutions Group estimates the IoT will consist of nearly 50 billion objects by 2020....

Mar 1, 2016
Videos: Spring 2016

Energy conservation is a concern that extends far beyond our provincial borders. Check out these three campaigns from around the world that will change the way you think about your consumption. City lights, subways, street lights: this powerful video challenges viewers to contemplate the sources behind their daily energy use. youtu.be/n_waWSF4fb4 Do you...

Mar 1, 2016
The low-kilowatt diet: Slow-cooker Tuscan minestrone soup

Minestrone is a very versatile and simple soup to make, made even easier with a slow cooker Yield: Serves 4 Ingredients 1 cup onion, finely diced ½ cup fennel, chopped 3 carrots, peeled and chopped 2 celery stalks, chopped 1 medium zucchini, chopped ½ tsp chili pepper flakes 1 bay leaf 1...

Mar 1, 2016
Remote view

It’s no secret that homeowners are looking to technology to make their lives easier. In fact, according to a 2015 report entitled “The State of the Smart Home” by tech company icontrol Networks, 50% of North American consumers plan on buying at least one smart home product in the next...

Mar 1, 2016
Meet Hue

Philips has been making lighting products for 120 years. Until last year, lighting for the home simply turned on and off. Philips wanted to do more. With Hue, lighting can play a role in our mood and activities. Using an app on your smart phone, you can select up to...

Mar 1, 2016
No cost ways to save up to $500 this year

The laundry room is one of the biggest consumers of energy in your home, but there are many practical ways to reduce your washing costs. For example, if you cut one load of laundry per week, you can save $30 per year on your energy bill. By making a few...

Mar 1, 2016
Get the hang of air drying

As winter turns to spring and the weather starts improving, there are more opportunities to air-dry your clothes. Aside from the environmental benefits of using a laundry rack, air-drying your clothing can also help you lower your BC Hydro bill. If you need ample drying space, look for bigger racks that...

Mar 1, 2016
B.C.’s best: Buntzen Lake

Spring is the perfect time to get outside and explore one of BC Hydro’s province-wide recreation areas, which have been developed to preserve the environment, balance energy needs and provide a scenic setting for everyone to enjoy. Buntzen Lake Reservoir, for example, is ideal for day-trippers of all abilities and...

Mar 1, 2016
Fresh air solution

Imagine your clothes could give you a real-time analysis of the surrounding environment—if your jacket told you how many hours of sun you should get each season, or your shorts showed you how to avoid the most polluted spots in your neighbourhood. TZOA bills itself as the next evolution of wearable...

Mar 1, 2016
Spring eco events

The fashion business can be innovative, visually astounding—and also one of the most damaging industries to our planet. The non-profit Vancouver Eco Fashion Week (April 9-14) aims to counter this by generating awareness of, and helping to develop, sustainable practices in clothing and textiles—all while showcasing the creativity of local...

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