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BC Hydro helps British Columbians make smart energy choices with high-efficiency appliances

British Columbians looking to maximize their electricity savings this winter and make smart energy choices, can save hundreds of dollars on some of the most energy-efficient appliances.

Until the end of November, BC Hydro and various municipalities are offering rebates up to $100 each on select ENERGY STAR washing machines that use about 25 per cent less electricity than standard models.

Customers can also get up to $100 rebates on select energy-efficient clothes dryers and refrigerators that will help save on electricity costs in the long run. ENERGY STAR clothes dryers use 20 per less energy than standard models and ENERGY STAR refrigerators can cut electricity use by 10 per cent.

Some retailers and manufacturers are matching the BC Hydro rebate, bringing the potential savings up to $300. All Home Depot locations are doubling rebates on qualifying appliances and select Best Buy locations are also offering double rebates on qualifying LG and Samsung appliances.

British Columbians tend to use more electricity during the colder and darker months of the year. To offset the increase in heating and lighting requirements, customers can take their savings further by making smart energy choices with these high-efficiency appliances.

  • Wash laundry in cold water to help reduce your energy consumption by more than half.
  • Hang dry your laundry instead of using your dryer.
  • Run an efficient refrigerator and set it at the ideal temperature between 1°C and 4°C.

Appliances can account for up to 20 per cent of a household's electricity use, depending on whether your home is electrically heated.

For information on eligible purchase dates, qualifying models and rebate amounts, visit powersmart.ca.

Participating municipalities include:

  • City of Abbotsford
  • District of Mission
  • City of Coquitlam
  • City of Nanaimo
  • City of New Westminster
  • City of North Vancouver
  • City of Richmond
  • City of Vancouver
  • Municipality of North Cowichan
  • District of North Vancouver
  • Township of Langley
  • District of West Vancouver

Contact:
BC Hydro Media Relations
p. 604 928 6468