Air conditioning homes is a likely driver of energy consumption as temperatures reach up to and beyond 40 degrees.

Fortis breaks new energy records

Consumption spikes as residents try to keep cool

The records just keep falling for FortisBC this summer.

The electric company says it hit a new summer peak load of 630 megawatts (MW) on August 1.

Just two weeks earlier, it set a new record of 626 MW, on July 17.

The previous record was 601 MW, set on August 5, 2014.

It’s not likely the record will stand for long, as temperatures across the province climb into the high 30s and low 40s.

“We’re anticipating similar usage over the next few days,” says FortisBC spokesperson Nicole Bogdanovic.

It’s likely that homeowners trying to keep cool with air conditioning are driving the high consumption rates. And that has officials concerned about the sticker shock consumers will experience when they have to pay for all this energy they’re using.

“We remain concerned that people may see higher than expected bills next month,” says Bogdanovic. “We encourage customers to use the free tool on their online account to monitor their use and take simple steps, like using the BBQ instead of the oven, to reduce heat in their home and save money on cooling.

Other FortisBC suggestions include:

  • Cooling only the rooms in use, keeping windows, curtains and blinds closed, and managing the household air conditioner or heat pump.
  • Setting the air conditioner to come on a few degrees higher, such as 25 C, and even higher when you’re not at home.
  • Make sure air conditioners and heat pumps are well-maintained with a clean air filter.
  • Use a fan to help circulate cooled air and setting ceiling fans to summer mode, (counter-clockwise as you look up at it) to move the air downward to create a wind chill effect.
  • A long-term idea is to plant a shade tree on the southwest or southeast side of your home.
  • Use the monitoring tool. Rate users must first register for an online account on the FortisBC website to do so.

As power consumption spikes along with temperatures, FortisBC says it’s confident that several years of upgrades will ensure the system can deliver the electricity to supply demand.

 

FortisBC logo

Just Posted

Castlegar family in need of ‘Christmas miracle’ to treat 4 year old’s diabetes

All Jack Sekel wants for Christmas is a monitor that neither insurance or government will provide.

Avalanche Canada issues special public warning

Very weak layer buried under recent snow a cause for concern

Cold water thrown on Castlegar community complex upgrades

Too much work with too little time to do it might derail application for millions in grants

Castlegar council set to rule on three retail cannabis proposals

Residents have until Dec. 27 to comment on the business proposals

West Kootenay police take 18 impaired drivers off the road

Eight drivers were criminally impaired, says Sgt. Badry from West Kootenay Traffic Services

Omar Khadr wants changes to bail conditions

‘My life is held in suspension’, says the former Guantanamo Bay detainee

Sissons scores OT winner as Predators beat Canucks 4-3

VIDEO: Vancouver battles back to earn single point in Nashville

Lions announce seven members of coaching staff not coming back for 2019

The operational moves come two days after the Lions announced DeVone Claybrooks as the team’s new head coach

$12K awarded to atheist family who oppose Christmas, Hanukkah in B.C. classroom

Gary Mangel,May Yasue said holidays, Remembrance Day and Valentine’s Day not appropriate in preschool

Coach accused of sexual assault says apology letter was misinterpreted

Dave Brubaker has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault and one count of invitation to sexual touching

Give the gift of nature this holiday season

Please don’t be mad, but I bought you a moose

Aboriginal poet faces backlash for calling out NHL-themed totem poles

Rebecca Thomas says she received backlash for asking a drugstore chain to remove NHL merchandise

No plans yet for free WiFi on BC Transit buses

BC Transit says they are monitoring the roll-out of free WiFi on Translink vehicles

Some Kotex tampons recalled in Canada and U.S.

In some cases, tampon users sought medical attention “to remove tampon pieces left in the body.”

Most Read