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Energy-efficient lighting helps British Columbians save year-round

VANCOUVER – With the darker, winter months ahead, BC Hydro is partnering with more than 275 retailers across the province to offer discounts on energy-efficient LED bulbs, lighting fixtures and controls.

Until October 20, customers can get up to a $10 instant rebate on select ENERGY STAR LED bulbs and $5 on lighting fixtures like ceiling mounts, chandeliers and floor lamps. Customers can also save $3 on select lighting control systems like dimmers, timers and motion sensors.

Lights are kept on for longer periods in the fall and winter months, causing electricity use to rise. Making the switch to energy-efficient lighting products can help British Columbians offset the increasing energy demand during the colder and darker months of the year.

ENERGY STAR LED bulbs and fixtures use at least 75 per cent less energy than incandescent lighting and can last up to 20 years. Residential lighting can account for up to 15 per cent of a household's electricity use and simple actions like turning off unnecessary lights will help save on lighting costs.

  • Turn off unnecessary lights: Two 100-watt incandescent bulbs switched off for two hours a day can save $12 over a year.
  • Use task lighting: Turning off ceiling lights and using table lamps and track lighting in work and hobby areas, as well as kitchens, can save $6 a year.

Since 2011, BC Hydro has provided instant rebates on more than 2.1 million energy-saving light bulbs. These bulbs have produced cumulative energy savings of 54 gigawatt hours – that's enough to power more than 5,000 homes in B.C. for a year.

For more information on products with instant rebates and a list of participating retailers, visit powersmart.ca.

Contact:
BC Hydro Media Relations
p. 604 928 6468