How can we keep our energy-use at a minimum as we continue to work from home and spend more time indoors?
Despite the lifting of stay-home measures throughout the province, many British Columbians are still working and learning from home. Once the weather turns cold (and wet!), even more of our time will be spent in the comfort of the indoors. This is a great time to re-assess our own at-home working habits to see if there are ways that we can reduce our energy use and increase cost-savings!
Stay-home measures and working from home has changed our electricity use.
- After an initial spike beginning in March, BC residential energy use in May returned to just 2% higher than the average load. Since June, residential energy has returned to expected usage levels for the time of year.1
- While there has not been a great change in the amount of electricity being used since the initial spike in March, there have been shifts in how it is being used (waking up later, going to bed earlier).1
- Overall energy demand in BC dropped significantly in March (by 10%), resulting in operational challenges for BC Hydro due to a surplus of power in its system.2 Demand increased to 7% below pre-COVID-19 load by August and in September, BC Hydro reported that while electricity load is still much below normal for this time of year, there is a steady increase as more people head back to work and businesses begin to open again. 1,3
How has the past 6-months impacted your energy use?
It can be interesting to look at the changes in your household energy use, especially during a time of such significant change in our routines. If you haven’t done so already, check out your electricity usage through MyHydro App, as well as your gas usage through your gas service provider. Do you notice a pattern from March to October? How does the usage compare to the same time of the previous year?