5 things you could learn about lighting at a BC Hydro in-store event
Our reps will help you figure out how to save energy and money
It's one thing to spot a variety of deals on ENERGY STAR® lighting at your local store. It's quite another to know exactly which bulb or fixture is going to fit the specific needs of the room you're buying energy-efficient lighting for.
And that's where our community team comes in. As we roll out numerous deals on ENERGY STAR LED bulbs and fixtures this month – along with savings on smart home products, and appliances coming in May – we'll also be holding a variety of in-store events where we can help you learn about lighting and other products.
See dates, times and locations of events we're holding at partner retailers. But in case you can't make it to an in-store event, here's an example of five things you might learn from a BC Hydro community team member.
1. Always look for ENERGY STAR rated products
ENERGY STAR is the trusted symbol for energy efficiency. Products that display the ENERGY STAR label on the package are tested and certified to uphold all product details listed on the packaging, including lifespan, light colour and light brightness.
2. Look for lifetime savings
ENERGY STAR LEDs are the most efficient lighting technology. They are at least 75% more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs and last 15 years or more. By replacing an incandescent with a LED, you could save $100 in electricity over the lifetime of the LED bulb. And you won't have to replace bulbs nearly as often.
3. LEDs come in a variety of shapes and styles for your lighting needs
Did you know that the average home has about 35 light bulb sockets, and that in most homes, more that 50% of these still contain inefficient lighting? We can help you find the ENERGY STAR LED for any area of your home.
4. For brightness, look for lumens, not watts
The light output of a bulb is defined by the lumen level, not watts. Because there are different bulb varieties on the market that use various wattage to produce the same light outputs, including incandescent, halogen, CFL and LED, understanding the lumen level you prefer will help you choose the brightness you're looking for.
5. For light colour, look for Kelvins (K)
The lower the Kelvin rating, the warmer the colour (think warm white, even yellowish white like those old incandescents). The higher the Kelvin rating the cooler the colour (think brighter white, and then blue at the highest end). Look for the Kelvin scale to ensure you get the exact light colour you're looking for.
For more information on deals and savings, visit powersmart.ca.
What type of lighting savings are in store
From April 6 to 27, 2018, BC Hydro is offering a 15% instant, in-store discount on all ENERGY STAR R20 LEDs, PAR30 LEDs, BR30 LEDs, PAR38 LEDs and B and C Candelabra LEDs. We're also offering a $5 instant discount on select ENERGY STAR fixtures and a $2 to $3 instant discount on select lighting controls.
We suggest homeowners convert to ENERGY STAR LED bulbs because they have been tested to last at least 15,000 hours, or 15 years, based on average household use. Converting to Energy Star LED bulbs, at 75% more energy efficiency, can save significantly on your BC Hydro bill immediately and over time.
ENERGY STAR LED fixtures include ceiling mounts, wall mounts, chandeliers, pendants, recessed lighting, sconces, vanity, security and coach lamps are all now more energy efficient, using 75% less energy than older fixtures.
And don't forget that as you replace older, inefficient lighting, you can recycle virtually all bulbs and fixtures in B.C. Find the full list of accepted lighting and a collection site near you at lightrecycle.ca.
Savings this May on appliances, too
Watch for BC Hydro rebates ranging from $25 to $100 on ENERGY STAR appliances including washers, dryers and refrigerators. Many stores offer similar discounts on the most efficient ENERGY STAR appliances including products by Samsung and LG. Don't forget to also look for additional rebates from municipalities through B.C.
There's an estimated $125 savings in energy costs over the lifetime of a qualifying ENERGY STAR washing machine compared to non–qualified models, $175 in savings with an ENERGY STAR clothes dryer, and $100 in reduced energy use with a qualifying ENERGY STAR refrigerator.
Where & when we'll be in stores this spring
BC Hydro community teams will be in the following communities, where they can help you with advice on selecting energy-efficient products.
April 7, 2018, Lowe's, 1225 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 8, 2018, London Drugs, 101-9855 Austin Avenue, Burnaby, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 14, 2018, London Drugs, 2751 Cliff Avenue, Courtenay, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 14, 2018, The Home Depot, 388 Lerwick Road, Courtenay, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 15, 2018, Canadian Tire, 2801 Cliffe Avenue, Courtenay, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 14, 2018, The Home Depot, 1-2980 Drinkwater Road, Duncan, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 7, 2018, The Home Depot, 1020 Hillside Drive, Kamloops, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 8, 2018, Canadian Tire, 1441 Hillside Drive, Kamloops, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 14, 2018, London Drugs, 2-650 South Terminal, Nanaimo, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 15, 2018, Canadian Tire, 4585 Uplands Drive, Nanaimo, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 15, 2018, The Home Depot, 6555 Metral Street, Nanaimo, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 8, 2018, Rona, 1160 3rd Street East, North Vancouver, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 21, 2018, Canadian Tire, 5008 Domano Boulevard, Prince George, 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
April 21, 2018, The Home Depot, 5959 O'Grady Road, Prince George, 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
April 22, 2018, Lowe's, 2999 Massey Drive, Prince George, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 8, 2018, The Home Depot, 12701-110 Avenue, Surrey, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 22, 2018, Rona, 16659 Fraser Highway, Surrey, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 7, 2018, Rona, 2121 East 12th Avenue, Vancouver, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 7, 2018, The Home Depot, 900 Terminal Avenue, Vancouver, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 21, 2018, London Drugs, 525 West Broadway, Vancouver, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 21, 2018, London Drugs, 2091 West 42nd Avenue, Vancouver, 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
April 22, 2018, Canadian Tire, 2290 Cambie Street, Vancouver, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 21, 2018, Lowe's, 850 Langford Parkway, Victoria, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
April 22, 2018, Canadian Tire, 1610 Hillside Drive, Victoria, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Hannah Wilson is a member of BC Hydro's community team.