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#561 lanforod

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 07:27 AM

except your coffee maker is nearly 100% efficient at space heating. so if it is on any time that you might also use heating in a 24 hour period of its use you are not “losing” that electricity.

just like incandescent lights.

 

True, though the fact that we don't need heating for >half the year here still makes that a waste.



#562 LeoVictoria

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:39 AM

True, though the fact that we don't need heating for >half the year here still makes that a waste.


And if you heat with a heat pump which is 200-300% efficient the 100% is not great.

#563 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 09:41 AM

i don’t mean efficiency in that way. i mean it in their it turns that electricity into heat the most efficient way possible - so a reading above 100% is impossible.

Edited by Victoria Watcher, 12 March 2019 - 09:41 AM.


#564 LeoVictoria

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Posted 12 March 2019 - 12:49 PM

i don’t mean efficiency in that way. i mean it in their it turns that electricity into heat the most efficient way possible - so a reading above 100% is impossible.


Yeah I get it. The point is that it’s still a waste to heat at 100% efficiency when your primary source of heat is more efficient.

Efficiency is not the right word, but heat pumps will produce 2 to 4 times more heat per unit energy in than a baseboard heater.

So an incandescent bulb for example is still wasting power even though 100% of the energy is going into heat because a heat pump would have turned the 95W of power into three times as much heat energy
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#565 tjv

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Posted 04 May 2019 - 10:26 AM

Just got my hydro bill, a nearly 7% increase in rates!  Combine that with a 30-40% increase in the cost of real estate over the past few years plus a oh 25% increase in gas prices.  Of course inflation thou is only running at ~2%  :whyme:


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#566 Victoria Watcher

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Posted 04 May 2019 - 01:49 PM

70” tvs are down 14,000% over the past 10 years.
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#567 DustMagnet

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Posted 19 June 2019 - 03:06 PM

Power outage at 3:52PM this afternoon in View Royal.  BC Hydro is showing an outage still but the power came back on less than a minute later.

 

https://www.bchydro....rent-1812901382



#568 Rob Randall

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 02:06 PM

My uncle heard a rumour Hydro was increasing its rates so inquired and got this reply:

 

We have not increased our rates. Rates are decreasing by 1 per cent as of tomorrow, April 1st, following an update to our Revenue Requirements Application that we filed with the BC Utilities Commission last year. Any rate change we make is always subject to approval from the BCUC.

 


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#569 Nparker

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 02:22 PM

We have not increased our rates. Rates are decreasing by 1 per cent as of tomorrow, April 1st,

April Fools!



#570 Mike K.

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 02:48 PM

Indeed. Down 0.99 this year, up 2.7% next year, down 0.3% in 2022 and up 3.0% in 2023.

Average residential customers will save $16 this year with the rate drop.


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#571 shoeflack

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 03:02 PM

^Which means one extra Salsiccia piccante from Prima Strada for me! Thanks BC Hydro!

 

But hey, can they drop it 1.5% instead...would love a beer with my pizza.



#572 Mike K.

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 03:51 PM

Yeah!

 

I wonder what the industrial guy will spend his $230k on?


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#573 Rob Randall

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Posted 31 March 2020 - 06:23 PM

We are all stuck at home a lot right now using electricity. If you feel BC Hydro (or the Utilities Commission) should temporarily suspend Hydro's two-step residential rate, sign this petition:

 

https://www.change.o...138073-en-ca:v2


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#574 todd

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Posted 07 May 2021 - 07:44 AM

“BC Hydro report raises safety concerns as pandemic prompts jump in yard work”: https://www.oakbayne...p-in-yard-work/

#575 pontcanna

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Posted 21 August 2021 - 10:32 AM

Major power outage this morning:

 

https://www.vicnews....d-as-of-10-a-m/



#576 Nparker

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Posted 21 August 2021 - 10:34 AM

My power was out for just under 10 minutes.



 



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