With our upcoming move to a bigger home, I’ve got energy consumption on my mind. Specifically, how can we keep our bill from doubling just as our square footage is doubling? As a budget conscious British Columbian it’s important to me to be mindful of our energy consumption especially since our goal is to save money and ultimately conserve energy to the benefit of our planet.

That’s why when I was setting up our change of address over at BC Hydro, I was excited to come across the tools and resources available at powersmart.ca. These tools make it easy to make smart energy choices by equipping consumers with the tips and tools necessary to help make choices that improve your wallet and life.

First things first, understanding how you use electricity can help you save. By tracking your energy consumption using BC Hydro’s online energy tracking tools and checking back regularly (once a month or so), you’ll gain a better understanding of how things such as seasonal changes, your everyday habits, vacations, and even family gatherings in your home affect your electricity use and your bill.

The available electricity tracking tools at BC Hydro allow you to:

  • See your electricity use right down to the hour.
  • Compare your electricity use to similar homes nearby, to last year’s electricity use, and to the average outside temperature.
  • Set up alerts and reminders.
  • Download your home’s electricity use data for offline analysis.
  • See your projected bill amount based on current patterns of use.

There’s even a $50 reward incentive if you, as a BC Hydro customer, join BC Hydro’s Team Power Smart and start  a Reduction Challenge and successfully reduce your energy consumption by 10% over 12 months! I’m game!

To start tracking, you’ll first need to create an online account. If you have one already, login  and select view detailed consumption from your account to access the electricity tracking tools. Once you have logged in, you can view your detailed consumption. Be sure to check back monthly to see how you are doing.

If you’re a BC Hydro customer, I’d love to hear your thoughts on your energy consumption. After logging in, were you surprised to see how you were using electricity? I was actually surprise to see that even though the temperature outside is warming up, we’re still using a fair amount of electricity! What are some changes you could start making to reduce your bill?

Don’t forget to join Team Power Smart and start a reduction challenge for your $50 reward!