Suggestions for a Conservation Program at NEC

I would like to start a Conservation Program at the school and I would be happy to have the support of the students and staff. NEC’s traditional longhouse design, with it’s cedar post and beam construction, botanical garden, large bay windows and skylights brings elements of the natural world into the busy city and transforms the atmosphere of the school. However, some of the inefficiencies relating to its 1985 construction are evident.

Here are some of my ideas to improve energy efficiency:

  • Add window film to windows
  • Switch to T8 fluorescent lighting
  • Add weather-stripping to windows
  • Install efficient-flow aerators on faucets
  • Set up the power-saving mode on computers
  • Install water displacement devices in the toilets

BC Hydro’s Power Smart Product Incentive Program offers rebates to organizations for switching to more efficient lighting, as well as for other technologies.

Meanwhile, all of my other suggestions are easily affordable, do-it-yourself projects. Not to mention, these are just some things I came up with a brief observation of the school. There might be other opportunities for cost savings and conservation, even though I notice great initiatives toward conservation already.

BC Hydro also offers programs for residential customers, that may benefit you:

1)    The Energy Saving Kit Program

BC Hydro and Terasen Gas partnered to provide free energy saving kits for low income households. Our free kit offers a variety of simple ways to help you save energy.

Follow the link below, for information on how to apply:

2)    The Energy Conservation Assistance Program

The Energy Conservation Assistance Program (ECAP) will provide qualified low-income BC Hydro residential account holders with a home energy evaluation, the installation of energy saving products, and personalized energy efficiency advice. All of this is free of charge to the participant.

Energy saving products that may be installed include:

  • Energy saving light bulbs (compact fluorescent lamps) indoor and outdoor,
  • Faucet aerators for the kitchen and bathroom,
  • Low-flow showerhead,
  • Water heater pipe wrap and blanket,
  • Draft proofing, such as weatherstripping, caulking and outlet gaskets,
  • Insulation for attics, walls and crawlspaces,
  • Low-wattage night light,
  • ENERGY STAR® refrigerator

Every home is different. Your home evaluator will determine which energy efficiency upgrades your home is eligible for. The installation of some products may require multiple visits.

Follow the link below, for information on how to apply: