When your Challenge gets challenged {Team Power Smart #AD)

BC Hydro Team Power Smart - Christmas Tree

It’s a brand-new year and January is a great time to start making some small changes to your daily habits. Drink more water, walk more each day, drive less, use less power…it’s the little things we do that can add up to big changes and success. And it’s a time to start fresh and grow from past mistakes and the challenges you overcame in the previous year.

Last year we decided that as a family we were going to reduce our energy consumption. We talked about many different ways we can incorporate small changes to do this and have become pretty good at reminding each other to turn out the lights or dial down the heat. We also signed up to participate in BC Hydro’s Team Power Smart Reduction Challenge through which we hope to earn a $50 credit by reducing our usage by 10% over the course of a year. We started strong in September, but this winter our challenge had been challenged by forces beyond our control. Mainly, the flood.

BC Hydro Team Power Smart - Wet Vac Post Flood

We got some near recordsetting rainfall roughly a month into our challenge. Usually no biggie, but for whatever reason this day was different. After putting in laundry 20 minutes earlier, I ran back downstairs with some more dirty clothes, and into over a centimetre of freezing cold water. In a panic my 12 year-old daughter and I started mopping up with and wringing out towels but it was completely ineffective. Once my husband got home 20 minutes later and I was able to source out a wet-dry vac we could finally make a little progress, but it took many, many trips emptying the vacuum. Once all the water was gone, we put out several fans and space heaters to dry up the remaining moisture…and several nails into the coffin of our reduction challenge that month.

Team Power Smart Challenge We’ve not quite fully recovered. With last month being pretty chilly around here and the kids being off for Christmas break, we were having a hard time bouncing back. We were still mindful of our lights, we even got a remote for our Christmas lights to make them easier to turn on and off, and the new Blu-Ray player and TV we bought for Christmas bear the Energy Star seal. We also made use of the sleep timers on our televisions so they don’t get left on all night if we fall asleep.

Team Power Smart Energy Star Appliance

Still, we went from a healthy 11% decrease in energy use to a 3%. But you know what? We got our basement dry, we had wonderful holidays, and we are still using less energy than the previous winter.

Now we are ready to start the second quarter of our challenge and we’re not going to let the winter get us down!

Have you signed up with Team Power Smart to participate in a reduction challenge? What struggles have you faced?


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  1. We have done the Team Power Smart challenge for 3 years now & just can’t seem to reduce our power consumption any more than completely disconnecting power from our house. We turn out light, unplug anything not being used, do full loads of washing laundry, hang clothes to dry.


  2. I’ll have to sign up to see if we can lower our hydro bill. I’m sure most of our power goes towards heating our house even though it’s not that large.


  3. I’m one of those people that lives in the dark and constantly am turning the lights off behind people lol I love them the idea off the team power smart challenge and having everyone chip in. This is awesome thank you so much for
    This information.


  4. Quite the useful challenge, I have heard of this, haven’t joined it yet


  5. very hard to reduce power usage we do use the energy saving bulbs and do some laundry in cold water


  6. Always wash most of my laundry in cold , keep lights off . Even unplugging small kitchen appliances helps . We’re usually pretty good with saving on hydro .


  7. great read , thanks for sharing , i have never heard of this before , i will have to check it out 🙂


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