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Jun 28, 2016
Measuring what you use is just smart

It’s difficult to gauge what you can’t see. Consumption of vital, everyday commodities, such as electricity and water, might seem intangible or altogether invisible. And that can have negative consequences, as we’re more likely to waste something we can’t monitor or measure. The trick is to make the intangible tangible, and...

Jun 26, 2016
B.C.’s best: Strathcona Dam Reservoir

Our Smart Eating recipe will be all the more satisfying if you’ve caught the rainbow trout yourself. An ideal destination to do so is tranquil, picturesque Strathcona Dam. Completed in 1958 by the BC Power Commission (BC Hydro’s forerunner), Strathcona and two other dams comprise the Campbell River hydroelectric system, which...

Jun 24, 2016
Videos: Summer 2016

Conservation is a concern that extends far beyond our borders. We have sourced three outstanding international video campaigns with a common water-saving message: take a shorter shower. Muhammad Zulqamar’s strikingly operatic winning entry in ADB’s My View H20 contest tracks an Indonesian villager bathing using only a tiny cup of well...

Jun 23, 2016
The low-kilowatt diet: Pan-fried trout with leeks and lemon

Trout is a mild-flavoured fish that is quick and easy to make with minimal fuss. Accompanied by a fresh garden salad, it makes for a perfect light summer meal. Yield: Serves 2 Ingredients 1 medium-sized leek, whites only, thinly sliced 1 lemon, sliced 3 tablespoons olive oil 2 fresh trout fillets Salt and cracked pepper to taste 1/4...

Jun 22, 2016
Shower of savings

Looking to save hot water and thus reduce your overall household energy usage? A low-flow shower head can help.  By definition, a shower head that uses 9.5 litres of water per minute (LPM) or less is considered low flow. However, if you want to save even more, look for the...

Jun 20, 2016
Data lake

n. • An exceptionally large storehouse and processing generator for all types of data, of which the ability to manage that data and execute various tasks simultaneously is thought to be unlimited. Powerhouse companies such as Google and Facebook are said to be believers in the potential of data lakes....

Jun 20, 2016
Thirst for knowledge

As we’ve become increasingly aware of the inherent wastefulness of bottled water, more and more of us now simply grab a reusable drinking receptacle before heading out the door, thus preventing yet another single-use, non-biodegradable plastic bottle from living its eternal life in a landfill. The only potential downside to this...

Jun 20, 2016
Summer eco events

Summer festivals tend to have a strong association with nature; after all, most of them take place outside among the season’s gorgeous greenery. The Midnight Sun Festival (August 5-7 at Sun Peaks) presents a diverse program of visual art, food and wine, outdoor film screenings, and more, all of it promoting...

Jun 20, 2016
Turn down your water heater and save

Many homes’ water heaters are set to dispense at a temperature hotter than we need. Adjusting the thermostat to a sensible level (no higher than 60 C and no lower than 55 C) is a simple way to decrease your BC Hydro bill: up to 5% savings for every 6...

Jun 20, 2016
A tidy victory

Older-model dishwashers and clothes washers require substantial amounts of water and electricity to complete their tasks, no matter how small your loads or how short the cycles you select. Fortunately, recent technological advancements mean new-generation machines achieve comparable (or better!) results faster and more efficiently than the appliances of the...

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