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The Peak Saver for Business trial is back

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Curbing your electricity usage at specific times can help save you money when you take part in the Peak Saver for Business program.

Receive bill credits when you successfully reduce usage at key times

Last winter, we ran our first Peak Saver for Business trial. After offering Peak Saver to our residential customers for a couple of years, we wanted to expand the offer to our business customers. But what kind of organizations would want to take part? And how much could they reduce their usage? The 2018-19 trial was a huge success and we learned a lot. So we've brought it back for winter 2019-20 and we're hoping you'd like to be involved.

How Peak Saver for Business helps your business

The demand for electricity is at its highest during cold winter weekdays, typically from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. The different businesses who take part in Peak Saver help us to manage that peak demand, and also teach us new ways for companies to use less electricity during demand reduction events without affecting their output in any way. Not only that, but participating businesses also earn credits on their bill based on how much power they managed to save – usually just by turning off redundant equipment or by adjusting their schedule around peak times.

Big savings for two ice cool customers

Two customers who both saw the benefits of last year's Peak Saver for Business trial were Roger Mayer, Facilities, Community Parks, and Recreation Manager for the District of Clearwater, and Ross Renwick, of Parksville Curling Club.

In Parksville, Renwick has to keep the ice temperature within the very tight tolerance needed for curling, while maintaining a tight budget. That's not easy in a rink built 53 years ago with ancient, power-hungry ice making equipment. But with some fine tuning, Renwick was able to balance game times with the Peak Saver events, and received almost $600 in bill credits.

"Sometimes, we would have one hour where the ice plant would be shut off but then in the second hour, when it would come back on, it was in the middle of the games," says Renwick. "If there was a change in the ice, it was very, very slight. And then it went right back to normal, so it worked out absolutely perfectly."

Meanwhile, up in Clearwater, Roger Mayer took part in Peak Saver for Business to see if he could reduce costs at the North Thompson Sportsplex, a large skating and hockey rink. The Peak Saver reduction events were usually during the night shift: "Our whole system is automatic, so the computer didn't like it," says Mayer. "But we soon sorted that out and it was cold enough outside that we could get by."

After seeing the Sportsplex receive over $1000 in bill credits, Mayer said he would recommend the program to anyone: "All we had to do was shut down the system for a little while."

How to join the trial

Participating in Peak Saver events is simple. We'll have 15 events happening between December and March and we'll notify you of each one at least 24 hours in advance. Your notification email will contain the date and time frame of the event. Then all you need to do is curb your electricity usage during the Peak Saver event time indicated in the email. Events usually take place between 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays during cold weather.

BC Hydro will credit your business $1.00 for every kWh you save. Typical rewards range from $5 to $50 per event, and will appear on your bill within one or two billing cycles.

To take part in Peak Saver for Business, your business will need a MyHydro account. If you don't have one, you can sign up here.

Find out more about Peak Saver for Business and register today – it's such a simple way to save your business money.