Power Smart helps customers increase electricity savings British Columbia celebrates 25 years of energy conservation

The current average annual household energy use is 12 per cent lower than what it would have been without Power Smart

BC Hydro’s Power Smart program has been delivering tools to help British Columbians save energy and save money for 25 years. The current average annual household energy use is 12 per cent lower than what it would have been without Power Smart – that’s enough to power 210,000 homes annually.

Each October BC Hydro celebrates Power Smart Month – a month dedicated to new conservation offers and incentives to help British Columbians save energy and money.

Power Smart Month includes rebates on energy efficient appliances and products available at retail stores across the province. Customers can get up to a $100 rebate on a high-efficiency clothes washer from BC Hydro. Several B.C. cities will match the rebate, bringing the potential savings up to $200.  BC Hydro is also offering a rebate of $50 to $75 for select ENERGY STAR refrigerators and a $100 rebate on ENERGY STAR clothes dryers.

New energy champions will be identified at the Power Smart Excellence Awards, and dozens of restaurants will dim their lights as part of the annual Candlelight Dinner.  The annual Candlelight Conservation Dinner on Oct. 22 will include over 60 restaurants across B.C. Participating restaurants will dim their lights and turn up the ambiance to show how simple actions can save energy. Exclusive dining discounts to these restaurants will also be offered to the public for the evening.

The simplest way anyone can lower their energy use is by turning off unnecessary lights and electronics. This year’s Power Smart Month theme is “Offtober” which should encourage even more British Columbians to conserve energy.

To find out more about Power Smart Month and how you can save, visit: www.powersmart.ca.