FortisBC releases survey results on reasons British Columbians want to reduce energy use

SURREY, B.C. – FortisBC has released the results of a recent survey detailing the main reasons British Columbi…

SURREY, B.C. – FortisBC has released the results of a recent survey detailing the main reasons British Columbians want to reduce their energy use.

The top reason people want to reduce their energy consumption is to help lower their monthly energy costs, which was voiced by 89 per cent of those surveyed.

The survey also found that 83 per cent feel more comfortable with energy efficiency measures, 82 per cent feel lowering energy use will help reduce the effects of climate change, and 81 per cent felt lowering greenhouse gas emissions was a key reason to reduce their energy use.

FortisBC says B.C. continues to lead the nation in making energy efficient choices and was recognized for the third year in a row by Efficiency Canada, receiving the top national ranking among all provinces for its commitment to energy efficiency policies.

“It’s really positive to see how many British Columbians understand the different ways they can reduce their energy use and how improving household efficiency is an effective way to do this,” said Alicia Hearn, program manager, conservation awareness and marketing strategy at FortisBC.

“We’re here to support British Columbians reach their energy efficiency goals by offering affordable ways to help them lower their energy use and emissions through our energy efficiency programs.”

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. With more innovative technology coming into the market and ongoing funding for energy efficient upgrades, FortisBC believes this number will continue to drop over the coming years.

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