On Monday, BC Hydro recorded the highest peak hourly demand – the hour customers use the most electricity – of the season. At nearly 7,300 megawatts, this represents more than a 10 per cent increase over the previous Monday.
There are a number of energy-efficient ways British Columbians can keep cool during the heat wave:
- Close the drapes and blinds: shading windows can block out up to 65 per cent of the heat.
- Out with the warm, in with the cool: position a fan by a window or door in the evening when temperatures are cooler to direct the cool air in.
- Spin that fan: ceiling fans are the most efficient option for cooling. Ensure the fan is rotating counter-clockwise to help direct the cool air down.
- Hang laundry to dry: avoiding the dryer will keep unnecessary heat out the house.
- Opt for smaller appliances or take the cooking outside: use a microwave, crockpot, toaster oven or barbeque to avoid the extra heat produced by the stove or oven.