Representatives with BC Hydro say the trick to cutting down your energy bill this summer is to turn off the air conditioning.
This as the province is going through a major heat wave, with some areas experiencing temperatures in the mid-30s.
Spokesperson Sally Macdonald says there are cheaper alternatives to using an air conditioner all summer long.
“Running a central air conditioning unit for about nine hours a day over three months of summer costs more than $300,” Macdonald says. “A pedestal fan for that same amount of time would cost $6.”
The provincial utility company released a report recently identifying the rising use and cost of air conditioning throughout the province
Macdonald says around 60 per cent of homes in areas around the East Kootenay and Okanagan use AC units, compared to a 34 per cent average around the province.
– Sally Macdonald, Spokesperson BC Hydro