Hydro Demand High as Temps Climb
Prince George, B.C.- Although no temperature records were broken in Prince George on the weekend, the hot spell right across the Province not only set records for several communities, it put B.C. Hydro under pressure.
On Saturday evening, BC Hydro electricity use was u p 15% across B.C. compared to the previous Saturday. The peak hourly load – the highest hourly demand observed throughout the day – was 861 megawatts higher than the previous Saturday. On Sunday, there was an increase of 10 per cent, or 617 megawatts, in the peak hourly load over the previous Sunday.
BC Hydro says the increases were more than if an extra generating unit at the Mica dam ( one of the largest generating stations in BC) had been running.
The demand is expected to be higher than normal this week as well.
BC Hydro says there are ways you can save some dollars during the hot weather:
- Keep the blinds down: shade your windows and block up to 65 per cent of the heat.
- Use a ceiling fan: ceiling fans are the most efficient option for cooling. Ensure the fan is rotating counter-clockwise.
- Keep the clothes dryer off: hang your laundry to dry and avoid the clothes dryer to keep unnecessary heat out of your house.
- Cook outside: use the barbeque to cook outside to reduce the use of your stove or oven.
- Take shorter, cooler showers.
As high as the demand has been, or will be during the peak of summer’s heat, BC Hydro still records the highest demand in the winter.