It’s the small things that add up to make all the difference. That’s the message from Rob Klovance, managing editor at “The Shore family is obviously taking measures to reduce their electricity consumption, but there are still changes they can make,” says Klovance.

One measure is washing clothes in cold water and hanging them to dry. “Most detergents these days work well with cold water. Washing in cold water helps clothes keep their colour and the electricity bill down. The dryer is one of the biggest energy consumers in a home. Hang-drying clothes on racks inside or outside the house can result in clothes lasting longer and a savings of up to 12% of total electricity costs,” says Klovance.

When it comes to electronics, Klovance says that, “On its own, unplugging one device when not in use, like a PVR, can save you $35 a year. It seems like small potatoes until you add it all up.”

By reading BC Hydro’s “21 Tips in 21 Days” ( and then monitoring these small changes via MyHydro tools on, Klovance says the Shores will be able to track the changes not just month by month, but compare year to year, and reduce their costs even further.