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Six ways to stay cool that will save you energy and money

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Install a ceiling fan if you have no other low-cost options to cool your home. It can use a tenth of the energy of an air conditioner.

No- and low-cost options for keeping your home cool in the summer heat

VANCOUVER — With record-breaking high temperatures around the province this week, BC Hydro is reminding customers how to stay cool and save power during this summer's first heat wave.

  • Keep cool air in, and hot air out: lock out hot air during the day and open windows to let cooler air in during the evenings.
  • Keep the blinds down: shade your windows and block up to 65 per cent of the heat.
  • Use a ceiling fan: ceiling fans are the most efficient option for cooling. A ceiling fan can use one-tenth the energy of an air conditioner and is a great alternative. To lower indoor temperatures by up to ten per cent, ensure the fan is rotating counter-clockwise.
  • Make laundry a breeze: hang dry half of your laundry to save up to $50 while keeping unnecessary heat out of your house.
  • Fire up the barbeque: cook outside to reduce the use of your stove or oven.
  • Keep your cool: Take shorter, cooler showers. Reduce your shower time by one minute and save $15 per person. That's $60 for a family of four.

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For more information:

BC Hydro Media Relations
p. 604 928 6468