Smart living

Sep 25, 2017
The measure of health

You’re exercising again and you’re already reaching your weekly step count. Yet your resting heart rate is through the roof. There’s a wristband that can help you figure out why.

Sep 20, 2017
Fall and winter eco events

Get ideas from celebrities such as interior designer Sarah Richardson at the Vancouver Fall Home Show (October 26–29). Make sure to visit BC Hydro’s Smart Home booth. Pitch in at the English Bay Beach Cleanup to keep our shores free from waste (December 16). On Vancouver Island, look for eco-friendly treasures like...

Sep 20, 2017
B.C.'s best: three late-season hikes

Exercising outdoors can be a refreshing break from the gym. There’s another benefit to breaking a sweat in nature: it can improve your mood and self-esteem. Consider hiking the trails located in BC Hydro recreation sites that are open into late fall and even year round. On Vancouver Island north...

Feb 28, 2017
Low-impact getaway

Manning Park, located a three-hour drive from Metro Vancouver and the Okanagan Valley, is surrounded by the spectacular Cascade Mountains and filled with glacial lakes and alpine meadows. A new direct current (DC) fast-charging station at Manning Park Resort lets electric vehicle (EV) drivers plug in, making this natural setting...

Feb 19, 2017
Travel local: Okanagan Valley

A wine-tasting trip to California’s Napa Valley is a popular escape, but B.C.’s Okanagan Valley (aka “Napa North”) triumphs when it comes to reducing greenhouse-gas emissions. According to one carbon-footprint calculator, the 2.5-hour flight from Vancouver to San Francisco (return trip for two people), plus the round-trip 144-km drive from...

Feb 17, 2017
Spring eco events

Expand your knowledge of electric vehicles at the Vancouver International Auto Show (March 28–April 2) and take part in the electric vehicle test-drive experience. Outside Metro Vancouver, visit the Powerhouse at Stave Falls Visitor Centre, a National Historic Site that reopens March 1. Need ideas to spruce up your space? Head...

Oct 14, 2016
Diving into data

The most powerful part of smarter living is our access to information. We monitor our personal energy consumption by using apps to watch calories and track our steps with fitness bands. All this data gives us a bigger picture of various aspects of our lives. An online energy gateway delivers the same data-based insight into your home’s energy use. Devices like...

Oct 7, 2016
Fall eco events

This fall lace up your shoes and run in The Great Climate Race (October 30) in Metro Vancouver—or anywhere! “Virtual” racers can participate in any location by tracking their run and sharing the results online. For ideas you can bring home drop by BC Hydro’s Smart Home, with products provided from...

Oct 1, 2016
Hydro-electric heritage: Jones Lake

The Fraser Valley is renowned for its farmland, but it’s not all cornfields and flat landscapes. In fact, the water surface of BC Hydro’s Jones Lake Reservoir, hidden between Chilliwack and Hope, sits 600 metres above the Fraser River. This backcountry recreation area also offers a glimpse of B.C.’s hydro-electric heritage. Framed by Mount Cheam, the reservoir stretches 6.4 kilometres, offering plenty of...

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...

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