Baby, it’s cold outside, but if you turn up the heat, you could add a lot of money to your electricity bills.
At least that is the concern of BC Hydro, which advises residents to heat their homes with electric socket heaters to be careful to set the temperature too high.
“We remind customers that there are simple ways to reduce the use of electricity in the winter,” said BC Hydro spokeswoman Susie Rieder.
The warnings occur when BC Hydro reports that it has set a record for the highest peak electricity demand per hour. The record was reached on Monday, January 13 when consumption reached 10.302 megawatts. The previous record was set on January 3, 2017, when electricity reached a maximum of 10,194 megawatts.
With temperatures below zero and more snow expected in the coming days, electricity demand is expected to remain high, and BC Hydro expects maximum loads between 9,800 and 10,600 megawatts.
Monday’s maximum load is 16% higher than the previous week, according to BC Hydro. which records the highest demand for electricity on Monday through Friday nights when British Colombians return home, turn on the heating, turn on the lights, wash clothes and prepare dinner.
Residential electricity can increase, on average, by 88% in the coldest and darkest months of winter, resulting in higher heating costs.
Rieder, who lives in a heated single-family house with electric sockets, said he is in charge of lowering the thermostat when he is outside the house, but the temperature rises when he is at home watching television. Recommends that people take a closer look at their electricity consumption through the MyHydro application. “You can see the patterns and adjust,” Rieder said.
According to BC Hydro, the ideal temperatures are as follows: 16 C when you sleep or are away from home, 21 C when you relax or watch TV and 18 C when you do housework and clean.
Starting the thermostat is not ideal because it does not heat the home faster than raising it one or two degrees at a time.
Other suggestions include protection against drafts around windows and doors to reduce heat loss by 10% and the use of a programmable thermostat.
While changing heat levels to match the activity seems like a good idea, many Canadian couples fight over the thermostat, according to a 2018 survey.
A survey conducted in Canada by Research Co. found that 30% of Canadians change the thermostat without notifying their spouse or partner, with 35% of women more likely to change the setting without notice, compared to 25% of the men.
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