Spring 2018

In this issue

Mar 19, 2018
Get energy fit this spring

Little changes around the house can make a big difference in your energy use over time. Follow one Team Power Smart newbie as she adopts an energy-saving lifestyle.

Mar 19, 2018
How a virtual assistant can help you

Voice-controlled helpers, usually found in smart speakers such as Google Assistant, Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa and Microsoft’s Cortana, are helping us control our surroundings by merely lifting a finger (or just using our voice).

Mar 19, 2018
Does flipping the switch too much break down your bulbs?

What many consumers may not realize, is that energy-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs are unaffected by being turned on and off.

Mar 19, 2018
Easy lawn care

More homeowners are turning to smart sprinkler controllers to help monitor and control their water use. The smart-home technology can be programmed to ensure your lawn and garden get the right amount of water.

Mar 19, 2018
How the weather affects your bill - Spring

There will be less need to turn up the thermostat. We can also rely more on natural light for our indoor activities. In Vancouver, there are almost five extra hours of additional daylight between the beginning of March and the end of May.

Mar 19, 2018
Videos: Spring 2018

In recognition of TED2018 taking place in Vancouver from April 10-14, we’ve chosen three videos from past TED events in other cities that we think could inspire consumers to change the way they use energy.

Mar 19, 2018
The low-kilowatt diet: Spring in a rice bowl

Start the season off right with this healthy rice bowl filled with lots of vegetables and a bit of spice.

Mar 19, 2018
Home safe

Security systems are becoming an integral part of today’s smart home, with the latest technology linking locks and video cameras with energy-saving apps. The experts at PC Mag have compiled a list of the best smart home security systems for 2018, many of which are available in Canada.

Mar 19, 2018
Window coverings that will keep you comfy

Many of us want our window coverings to look good and provide privacy. But curtains and blinds have other important roles such as blocking out light to help you sleep better and keeping your house cool when the sun shines.

Mar 18, 2018

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