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BC Hydro demand rises with the temperature

High temperatures throughout the province is putting pressure on BC Hydro.

Electricity demand over the weekend rose 15% on Saturday and 10% on Sunday.

According to BC Hydro, the increases are more than the equivalent of running an additional generating unit at the Mica dam and generating station, one of the largest generating stations in the province.

While BC Hydro expects higher than normal demand throughout the week, highest demand is still in the winter since air-conditioning use isn’t widespread in the province.

BC Hydro offers some tips on how to reduce electricity use:

·         Keep the blinds down: shade your windows and block up to 65% of the heat.

·         Use a ceiling fan: ceiling fans are the most efficient option for cooling. Ensure the fan is rotating counter-clockwise.

·         Keep the clothes dryer off: hang your laundry to dry and avoid the clothes dryer to keep unnecessary heat out of your house.

·         Cook outside: use the barbeque to cook outside to reduce the use of your stove or oven.

·         Take shorter, cooler showers.

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