Solar Energy Guides

Solar BC is an initiative of BC SEA to develop the awareness and opportunities for the use of solar energy in British Columbia.

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BC SEA) is a non-profit association of citizens, professionals and practitioners, committed to promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of sustainable energy and energy conservation and efficiency in British Columbia.Please view their useful listing of Solar Energy Guides.

BC SEA Sustainable Energy Directory

The BC Sustainable Energy Association (BC SEA) is a non-profit association of citizens, professionals and practitioners, committed to promoting the understanding, development, and adoption of sustainable energy and energy conservation and efficiency in British Columbia.

Their vision is a future in which all of BC’s energy comes from clean, renewable, efficient sources, for electricity, transport, and all other purposes, respecting the integrity of nature and the needs of humans and other species and their habitat, both now and in future generations, and in which BC becomes a net exporter of clean, renewable energy.Please view their useful database of sustainable energy organizations.

Throne Speech: Energy, Sprawl, and Local Governments

News Release from the Community Energy Association

Yesterday, the Lieutenant Governor, in her speech from the throne, outlined several energy-related initiatives and programs that will affect local governments and the services that they provide across British Columbia. Urban planning, buildings, landfills, transit, and infrastructure are all implicated. As Dale Littlejohn, a staff member of Community Energy Association said, ‘There is a lot in this throne speech for local governments
interested in energy”.

The Community Energy Association (a collaboration of the UBCM, the Province of British Columbia, utilities and other key partners) is available to assist local governments in analyzing the implications of the initiatives and programs announced and to assess the
resultant, new energy opportunities.…

CleanTech Minutes

Canada is a world leader in clean technologies.

These technologies offer new and more effective ways to increase energy efficiency, use renewable energy and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. They are changing how Canadians live, work and produce energy.

The Government of Canada and its industry partners are working to respond to growing global demand for clean energy technologies. Together, we have developed some of the world’s most advanced, environmentally friendly technologies, which are part of the solution to create balance between economic prosperity and environmental responsibility.

Our efforts will contribute to clean air, water, land and energy for Canadians now and in the future.…

Power Smart h.e.l.p. Sheets

BC Hydro h.e.l.p. (Home Energy Learning Program) sheets provide valuable information on energy-efficient improvements you can undertake, from appliances to heating.

Click on the links below to download the brochures.

Appliances

  • It’s Power Smart to buy ENERGY STAR® [PDF, 138 Kb]
  • Use energy-efficient appliances in your home [PDF, 282 Kb]
  • ENERGY STAR® labelled, front-loading clothes washers [PDF, 160 Kb]
  • Residential air conditioners [PDF, 78 Kb]

Electrical Equipment

  • Ground-fault circuit interrupters [PDF, 229 Kb]
  • Returning to your home or business after a flood [PDF, 81 Kb]
  • Power quality in your home [PDF, 167 Kb]

Heating

  • ENERGY STAR® qualified windows and doors [PDF, 120 Kb]
  • Reduce condensation in your home [PDF, 68 Kb]
  • Draftproofing against energy loss [PDF, 58 Kb]
  • Insulating for energy efficiency [PDF, 144 Kb]
  • Thermostats for efficiency and comfort [PDF, 106 Kb]
  • Good ventilation is important [PDF, 152 Kb]
  • Electric baseboard heaters [PDF, 605 Kb]
  • Electric forced air heating [PDF, 232 Kb]
  • Portable electric space heaters [PDF, 44 Kb]
  • Hydronic heating for comfort and value [PDF, 405 Kb]
  • Residential domestic water heating [PDF, 121 Kb]
  • Extend the life of your electric hot water tank [PDF, 107 Kb]
  • Spas and hot tubs [PDF, 52 Kb]
  • Energy efficient residential swimming pools [PDF, 93 Kb]
  • Buy a furnace with a variable speed motor [PDF, 187 Kb]

Whole-House Energy Use

  • Save energy and money with Power Smart tips [PDF, 270 Kb]
  • Building a new home?