Spring 2016

In this issue

Mar 2, 2016
A fresh take

Sometimes the difference between making a good choice for your home, and the best one, takes just enough curiosity to ask the right questions. Like finding out which materials can be reused or recycled, rather than dumped in the municipal landfill. Or determining whether there’s enough payback before installing a...

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
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
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....

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