- Turn off lights
- Use natural light
- Use task lighting
- Motion sensors
- Daylight sensors
- Dimmers and smart controls
- Central switches that turn all the lights off
- Switch to LED lights (most efficient technology)
- Decide what you want before you open the door
- Leave hot food to cool before putting it in the fridge
- Put a jug of water in your fridge; a full fridge is more energy efficient than an empty one.
- ENERGY STAR® fridges are more energy-efficient
- Smart fridges that sing when the door is left open, have transparent doors so you can see inside without opening the door, and allow you to adjust the temperature from your device. Some even allow you to see inside the fridge when you are at the grocery store.
- Wash clothes only when they are dirty
- Use full loads of laundry and wash with cold water
- ENERGY STAR® clothes washers are the most energy-efficient. Look for the ENERGY STAR® label when browsing appliances. They may have additional smart features
- Hang clothes tp dry on a drying rack
- Use a lower heat setting on your dryer which will save energy even though it may take longer to dry the clothes
- Switch loads while the dryer is still warm
- Dry heavy items like towels separately from lighter ones
- ENERGY STAR® dryers are designed to use less electricity and have energy-saving settings you can use. They may have smart features that you can program to save electricity.
Game consoles and other electronics
- Unplug devices when not in use
- Have electronic-free days; choose a book or board game instead.
- Smart plugs connect to an app on your smart phone allowing you to control items plugged into the smart plug. This means we can turn off devices remotely saving energy.
- Dress appropriately for the weather and turn down the heat
- Lower your heat at night before going to bed and during the day if you are not home
- Be strategic with window coverings; close blinds or curtains at night to keep the heat in, and allow the winter sun to shine in during the day.
- Smart thermostats control the temperature in your home so you can optimize the temperature at different times in the day, and even in different rooms. Lowering the temperature at night or when you are out to 16°C will save energy.
Clean energy in B.C.
BC Hydro uses the power of falling water to create clean, reliable and renewable electricity. However it’s important to conserve energy. This helps to protect our environment, share the resource in our growing communities, and save money. Learn more about our clean system.