The chilly snap that prompted climate warnings throughout B.C. this week additionally led to record-breaking electrical energy utilization.
BC Hydro stated hourly electrical energy consumption peaked at 10,302 megawatts on Monday, breaking the earlier document of 10,194 megawatts that was set in January 2017.
Monday’s peak hourly consumption additionally represented a 16 per cent enhance over the earlier week’s.
And the chilly snap is not over. Temperatures in components of the Decrease Mainland are anticipated to remain beneath freezing for days, and BC Hydro expects electrical energy utilization will stay excessive as folks hold cranking their thermostats.
“Residential electrical energy can enhance, on common, by 88 per cent within the colder, darker, winter months,” the Crown company stated in a bulletin Tuesday. “This could result in larger heating prices for patrons.”
To cut back consumption – and hold electrical energy payments down – BC Hydro recommends folks hold their thermostats at 16 C whereas sleeping or away from house, 18 C whereas doing chores or cleansing, and 21 C whereas lounging round the home.
The utility supplier additionally cautioned in opposition to overcorrecting. BC Hydro stated dialing the thermostat approach up will not heat your house quicker than dialling it up steadily by a level or two at a time.