November 2015

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November 2015
This month, lighting engineer Cristian Suvagau discusses the role of the ballast in fluorescent lighting, and why upgrading a lamp, but not the ballast, is a mistake. We've put together a lighting comparison chart so that you can quickly compare your options for energy-efficient lighting. And if you own a business with a washroom, have you considered how much hand drying is costing you? The findings may surprise you.
What's the big deal about ballasts in your lighting?

What's the big deal about ballasts in your lighting?

"The key here is that a lamp and a ballast are not individual elements," says lighting engineer Cristian Suvagau. "If people say, 'Oh, I'll just change the lamp and not the ballast', they're making a mistake. The two elements have to be handled together to get the best efficiency and the best lighting effect."

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Comparison chart takes guesswork out of buying light bulbs

Comparison chart takes guesswork out of buying light bulbs

When you're spending $10, $20, $30 or even $40-plus for one bulb, you want to make the right choice. Learn more
Reminder: phone scam targets businesses

Reminder: phone scam targets businesses

Don't get fooled by telephone scammers this fall. A common telephone scam is targeting restaurants and other small businesses. Learn more
The hidden cost of hand drying

The hidden cost of hand drying

A 2014 study from Thompson River University suggests switching to an energy-efficient hand dryer can result in a 50-70% reduction in your carbon footprint, and a 95% cost savings in washroom supply and maintenance. Learn more

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When energy advisor Ben Mills visits food retailers he's nearly always asked the same question: how can I lower my refrigeration costs? If you work at a grocery store, a bakery or a deli, Mills has tips that can help you cut cooling costs. Learn more

Hesitant about upgrading to LEDs? Try before you buy

A lighting test, like the one done at Tofino's Cox Bay Beach Resort, is a great way to see the difference LEDs can make in your space before you commit to upgrades. Learn more
Winter's coming
Whether it's a windstorm in the province's southern region, or heavy snowfall in the north, it's important that you and your staff are prepared for a power outage.

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With MyHydro you can drill down, hour-by-hour, to see your business' peak consumption dates and times, or when your consumption is unusually or unnecessarily high.

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