BC Hydro preps for “near-record breaking” energy use during cold snap

B.C. Hydro says it is preparing for “near-record breaking peak loads” later this week as B.C. braces itself for another cold snap.

Electricity use across the province spiked on Sunday and Monday, when temperatures dipped as low as minus 5 degrees.

“Freezing temperatures resulted in a 10 per cent increase in overall provincial electricity demand on February 18 and 19 compared to the same days last week,” according to an operational update shared by B.C. Hydro.

Temperatures were expected to rebound briefly on Tuesday before light flurries returned on Wednesday in advance of a heavier snowfall forecast for the start of the weekend across the Metro Vancouver region.

“Demand for electricity is expected to remain high this week as the cold snap continues, and BC Hydro is preparing for near-record breaking peak loads,” read the update.

The highest demand for electricity during winter months typically occurs between 4 to 8 p.m. on weekday evenings, which coincides with the time most people return home, turn on the lights and heat, and get to making dinner and doing laundry.

On average, residential electricity use can increase up to 88 per cent during the winter months. Residents are reminded to keep the thermostat at an ideal temperature of 16 degrees when away from home or sleeping, 18 degrees when cooking or working around the house, and 21 degrees when relaxing.

Other ways to save energy include installing draftproofing and weather stripping around windows and doors to keep warm air in and cold air out, or turning off unnecessary lights and electronics.

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