Make simple changes to save energy

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Notice to customers:
Due to the ongoing COVID-19 public health emergency, our upcoming instant rebate program has been postponed. Learn more about our rebates and offers that are currently available.
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We’re always looking for opportunities—some big and some small—to help customers save energy on heating, hot water and electricity, while supporting the Province of BC’s climate action goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

How-to videos

Did you take advantage of our draftproofing and showerhead rebates? Watch these videos to ensure you install your new products correctly to save as much energy as possible.

Energy-saving tips that’ll cost you nada

Changing a habit–like putting on a sweater instead of turning up the heat—is a great way to save energy that takes little effort and no money. Here are a few more:

Vacuum your baseboard heaters – removing dust from baseboards will help them work as efficiently as possible. If you didn’t already do this last fall, just vacuum them now with a soft bristle brush and then once again in the fall, before the next heating season.

Heat only the rooms you’re using –turn down baseboard heater thermostats when you leave a room. Avoid heating non-insulated spaces such as a garage, crawlspace, attic or storage shed.

Take shorter showers – if you replaced your old showerhead with a new water-efficient model, we applaud you! But you can save even more hot water energy if you limit your showers to five minutes or less.

Wash your clothes in cold – choose the cold water cycle for most loads of laundry, except for your dirtiest whites.

Save on lighting – take advantage of natural daylight instead of turning on the lights and always turn lights off when you leave a room.

Low-cost energy saving tips

For a small investment—some of which may cost less than a few lattés—you can save even more energy by using these products:

Install a programmable or smart thermostat – program it to no higher than 20 °C when you’re home and awake and 17 °C when you’re out or asleep to save up to 15 per cent on your heating bill.*

Upgrade your showerhead – new water-efficient models use much less water per minute than older ones, which also saves on water heating costs.

Switch to LEDs – replace incandescent and halogen bulbs with energy-efficient LEDs. They use a fraction of the energy and last longer. Use smart controls like dimmers, timers and occupancy sensors to amp up savings.

We’re here to help

If you have questions about upcoming retail rebates, call 1-866-436-7847 or email electricrebates@fortisbc.com.

 

*Source: CMHC, Effects of Thermostat Setting on Energy Consumption; when programmed to 20 °C when home (for a maximum of 10 hours per day) and 17 °C when out or asleep (for a minimum of 14 hours per day). Maximum savings achieved on colder days