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British Columbia · Residential

As a homeowner or renter, you can be a leader in your community and take action by supporting sustainable and renewable electricity.

Generate Your Own Solar Power

Generate Your Own Solar Power

Alberta is one of the best positioned provinces for generating solar power because of its high amount of sunlight, incentives and rebates, and lower installation costs. In many places in Alberta, residential solar power has the potential to save homeowners money, particularly when smart meters are installed. However, not all homes and budgets are suited for solar panels. Whether solar is viable for you depends on solar capacity in your area, the size and positioning of your roof, your budget, and more. Kuby Energy and Enmax are examples of companies that can provide expertise and cost estimates.
Residential Wind Power

Residential Wind Power

Solar is generally more viable than wind for residential use; however areas with favourable wind conditions may be suitable for wind power. For more information on generating wind power, check out this guide from the Government of Canada: Stand-Alone Wind Energy Systems: A Buyer’s Guide.
Participate in a Community-Owned Renewable Energy Project

Participate in a Community-Owned Renewable Energy Project

Participating in a community-owned renewable electricity project allows citizens to become involved in generating renewable electricity, despite not owning any real estate, while ensuring low up front spending. They also allow citizens to be a partial owner of the project and ensure that benefits and revenue made stays within the community. Check out the BC Community Energy Leadership Program for more information and to learn how to get involved.
Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates

Purchase Renewable Energy Certificates

If you are unable to generate your own renewable electricity, you can buy renewable energy certificates (RECS). By purchasing an REC, you are paying a renewable electricity generation facility to inject electricity into the grid on your behalf. While the electricity you use at your home may not come from a renewable source, you are ensuring that renewable electricity is going out into the grid to replace what you have used. Bullfrog Power and Just Energy are two examples of companies that offer RECs in British Columbia.
Consider an Electric or Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle

Consider an Electric or Plug-In Hybrid Vehicle

When buying a car, consider buying an electric or hybrid vehicle. Many car companies are shifting focus towards electric vehicles and with the variety of models being offered there is likely an option that fits your lifestyle and budget. Learn more about electric vehicles in British Columbia by visiting Plugin BC.
Financial Help

Financial Help

Visit the Government of Canada's Directory of Energy Efficiency and Alternative Energy Programs for an up-to-date list of residential incentives and rebates.

Reduce Your Consumption

Did you know that you can often reduce your electricity consumption through simple changes? It is beneficial for homeowners and renters to assess their electricity use and energy efficiency of their home, either by themselves or professionals. 

You can do it yourself following a guide, or you can have it done professionally. Click on the buttons below for resources on do-it-yourself assessments and finding an energy advisor in your area.

Easy fixes that can lead to huge reductions to your consumption and save you money:

Install a Programmable Thermostat

Replace Your Lightbulbs With LEDs

Manage Phantom Energy

Use a power bar with a timer for electronics (such as TVs, computers, routers, modems, and gaming consoles) that use phantom energy

Replace Older Appliances with Energy Star Applicances

Seal Gaps That Allow Air to Escape

Upgrade Your Home's Insulation

Clean the Filters of Your Heating and Cooling Systems Regularly

What Are My Options as a Renter?

As a renter, you can talk to your landlord about adopting wind or solar. While the purchase price of the system can be a barrier, these projects can often save landlords money and add value to their property. You can offer to help with the financing by paying your landlord the amount of money you were previously paying the utility company. You can also reduce some of the risks of increased costs to the landlord by agreeing to use a set amount of electricity and pay your landlord the difference if you use more.