Einstein family finds laundry list of ways to save energy

Lower Mainland residents David and Ann Einstein are never pressed for time as far as laundry is concerned.

The Einsteins have learned some new energy saving methods on BC Hydro’s Conservation Research Initiative, a study that examines how time-of-use rates can encourage customers to switch their energy use to off-peak hours and lead to overall conservation. By applying a new time-shifting energy strategy, the benefits all come out in the wash.

“One thing we do is we have a timer on our washing machine,” said David. “It will go on first thing in the morning and the laundry will be done then, rather than in the evening.”

Another energy strategy the Einsteins adopted was switching to compact fluorescent lighting.

Collectively, households that participated in the Conservation Research Initiative reduced their peak-hour energy consumption by over 11% and lowered their total winter energy consumption by over 7%.

The benefit of shifting electricity use to off-peak hours is a reduction in peak demand (the demand on the coldest days of the year at the highest-use period of the day), helping BC Hydro to delay adding new generation facilities to its system. It’s a way of doing more with existing resources.

“I think the [CRI] is an excellent program,” said David. “I read somewhere that BC Hydro was going to be rolling out smart meters to a wider cross-section of housing. I’m very excited about that because it will allow people to have a better understanding of how they use energy and when they use it.”

The B.C. Government has set a goal of achieving electricity self-sufficiency by 2016, and conservation is the first and best choice to help achieve that goal. BC Hydro encourages all British Columbians to conserve more.

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Source: BC Hydro News