Summer 2016

In this issue

Jun 29, 2016
Ocean heaven

It seemed obvious at first. Build a seaside home near Lund, B.C. that serves up postcard views including the sun sinking into the water right there in front of you. This is, after all, the Sunshine Coast. That had been Paul Shore’s plan until he discovered that a bluff sitting to...

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 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 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 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 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 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
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
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...

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