1. Audit yourself
A home energy audit is a way to inventory your home’s energy use, where energy is lost, and where it can be saved. You can do an energy audit yourself or get a pro. Many utilities also offer home and business energy audits for free.
2. Reduce your use
The lowest hanging fruit just begging to be picked are simple energy-saving practices. They’re also the most cost effective. Top tasks include:
- Replace your light bulbs with compact fluorescent bulbs (CFLs) or even cutting-edge LEDs.
- Turn off lights and other devises when they’re not needed.
- Electronics that sleep on a standby setting continue to pull a current even when “turned off.”
The Government of B.C. unveiled their new energy plan on February 27th, calling on British Columbians to rethink and reduce their energy usage more than ever before.
One of the energy plan’s main goals is to make the province self-sufficient in electricity by 2016. The plan stipulates that consumers must cut their future demands in electrical usage in half over the next 13 years – the biggest conservation move ever made by BC Hydro.
Some of the conservation rules set out by the province include:
- All new electrical power plants in the province must have “zero-net greenhouse gas emissions.” Projects would have to be powered by clean energy sources or must offset any greenhouse gas emissions through such measures as tree planting or investing in other clean-energy projects.