Hydro Use Climbs as Temps Drop
On Tuesday, electricity demand peaked at 9,345 megawatts between 5 and 6 p.m. This was 1,000 megawatts higher than the peak demand on Tuesday of last week.
The cold snap has BC Hydro prepping for peak loads between 9,400 and 10 thousand megawatts this week. The high end of the expected demand is just shy of the all time peak hourly demand which was set on November 29th of 2006. During 5 and 6 p.m. on that day, consumption hit 10,113 megawatts.
BC Hydro has some tips on how to reduce consumption, but stay warm at the same time:.
- Install a programmable thermostat to schedule specific times to heat a home.
- Put on a sweater instead of turning up the temperature.
- Unplug unused electronics and use an advanced power bar to manage standby power.
- Wash laundry in cold water.