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Hydro Demands Could Break Records For The Month Of May As The Temperature Rises

Not only will temperatures be on the rise so will the demand for electricity to keep us cool.

Mike Kellett, Manager of Community Relations at BC Hydro said they are fully expecting to see an increase and most likely a significant one.

“This is going to be primarily driven, as you might expect, by increase usage of air-conditioning, and fans, and obviously refrigeration units are going to be working harder. At this time BC Hydro is expecting to see a peak demand on Monday (June 15) and it could even be entering record breaking levels for the month of May potentially.”

Keellett said customers can save themselves some money by visiting their website for tips on how stay to stay cool in other ways.

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“Closing your drapes and blinds, shading windows to block the sunlight, shutting doors and windows. If the temperature outside is warmer than inside close the windows and doors to keep the cooler air in and the warm air out. Running a fan 9 hours a day over the summer cost just $7, and those are some of the tips you’ll find on our website.”

Kellett added that when the hot weather settles in, BC Hydro anticipates the demand to begin increasing during the day starting in the late morning and continuing through the afternoon until around 4 o’clock.

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