September 2015

High refrigeration costs? Night covers can help BC Hydro: Power Smart
 
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September 2015
Night covers and strip curtains – are they the secret weapon in the fight against the high cost of refrigeration? Also this month, we've expanded our Business Energy Advisor team, and Deer Lake School takes a look back at its motion sensor installation and shares what it would do differently. ... Finally, the biggest windstorm in BC Hydro history teaches us a few lessons.
High refrigeration costs? Night covers and strip curtains can help

High refrigeration costs? Night covers and strip curtains can help

A major factor in reducing the cost of energy for refrigeration is to prevent the loss of what you've already invested in: cold air. Simple things, like placing barriers between warm and cold areas can have a big impact on your BC Hydro bill.

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Lessons from a windstorm

Lessons from a windstorm

Wind knocked hundreds of trees onto power lines and left more than 700,000 homes and businesses without power. How we fared, and what we learned from the storm. Learn more
Energy advisor service expands to keep up with customer calls

Energy advisor service expands to keep up with customer calls

You call a lot. So much so, that, two new Business Energy Advisors have been added to the fold to help meet the growing demand for free, in-person energy assessments around the province. Learn more
What Deer Lake School would do differently

What Deer Lake School would do differently

In hindsight, a simple information graphic outlining how to use – or not use – a motion sensor's wall switch would have been a helpful teaching tool for students and staff. Learn more

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