Saving Energy Remains Priority For British Columbians

While saving energy may be on some British Columbians' list of new year's resolutions, a survey from FortisBC Energy Inc. and FortisBC Inc. found that it's already top of mind for many British Columbians. It shows 81 per cent of British Columbians felt lowering the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions their home produces was a key reason to reduce their energy use. However, for those surveyed, reducing emissions wasn't the top reason to improve household efficiency. The strongest motivation to reduce energy use was to help lower monthly energy costs (89 per cent), followed closely by 83 per cent saying energy efficiency measures made their home more comfortable and 82 per cent saying they feel lowering energy use is an important way for them to help reduce the effects of climate change. Back in 2002, the average household used about 104 gigajoules (GJ) of natural gas a year. Households are now using about 78 GJ a year, a decrease of almost 25 per cent.