Category Archives: Power Smart

Articles, pieces of interest and blog posts as they relate to saving money, energy, and being gentle on the environment!

Queensborough Bridge Electrical Fire: an important maintenance reminder!

The Queensborough Bridge Transformer fire early this morning serves as an important reminder to perform critical maintenance checks on all your electrical components:  Homeowners and Businesses alike can benefit from regular servicing.  Be preventative and proactive, and stop problems before … Continue reading

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It’s getting darker!

The streets of Vancouver are flooding today, and when the streetlights are still on at 11:00am, you know the rain is back and we are headed towards Winter! Which brings to mind outdoor lights:  are your outside lights bright enough … Continue reading

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Get ready for Winter!

Hot summer days are behind us, and as the mercury starts to flirt with the single digits, it’s time to start getting ready for Winter!  Smart home maintenance isn’t limited to raking leaves and winterizing outdoor drains. Preventative home maintenance … Continue reading

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Happy New Year! What’s your 2016 Resolution?

Wikipedia defines them as “promises towards acts of self-improvement or doing something slightly nice for others”: what is your New Years’ Resolution? How about saving money and cutting costs through power smart technology? Or safeguarding your largest single personal investment with … Continue reading

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Every Day is Earth Day at Fitterer Electric!

We are proud of our Environmental Mission Statement here at Fitterer Electric Ltd, and proud of our minimal waste, 100% recycle policy.  We strive to take all materials from the job site and recycle them safely and responsibly.  This not only keeps … Continue reading

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E B Horsman & Son opens in Burnaby: Fitterer Electric Ltd. is 1st Customer!

E B Horsman & Son is officially open in Burnaby!  On December 15th, Horsman opened their doors in their newest location, at 3935 2nd Avenue, and the team at Fitterer Electric Ltd. were the first customers in the door!  This marks E … Continue reading

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The Visually Stunning Power of LED Technology

New technology never ceases to amaze us, but this video shot in our own Golden, BC will possibly blow your mind!!!! Filmed in collaboration with Swedish ad agency Ahlstrand & Wållgren and Philips TV, the producers felt that the combination of night … Continue reading

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Fitterer Electric Launches Dedicated Service Department

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Tesla goes Open Source

Remember my post about the Tesla Model s:  that sexy electric car?  Well, Tesla has done it again:  in the spirit of advancing electric vehicle technology, they removed every single patent from the lobbies of their Palo Alto HQ. “Tesla Motors … Continue reading

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BC Hydro rate increases mean higher bills…unless you get smart!

April 1st didn’t just bring a lot of jokes and tricks:  it ushered in a new, ten year, mulit-tiered rate increase plan by BC Hydro, and as the consumer, it will be you who bears the higher bills.  According to … Continue reading

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5 steps to reduce the cost of light

Acklands Grainger has published a great article featuring five steps to reduce your lighting costs.  The original article can be found here, but in essence, the points boil down to the following: Get an estimate:  seems obvious, but you would … Continue reading

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Burnaby Train Derailment evidence of dark winter days

The Lower Mainland just came through a weekend of heavy rainfall warning, evidenced most clearly in Burnaby, where a section of train tracks gave way after a local beaver dam was washed out with flooding and high water.  If this … Continue reading

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BC Hydro Rates on the rise by 26.4%

The Vancouver Sun reported that BC Hydro’s residential, industrial and business rates are going to increase by 26.4% over the next two years.  And while these increased rates are slated to pay for capital additions, it is you the consumer … Continue reading

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October is Power Smart Month, so go out for dinner!

The team here at Fitterer Electric always like to support energy savings, so what better way than to celebrate Power Smart Month,  with BC Hydro! In addition to a number of ways to save energy and money, did you know … Continue reading

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Fitterer Electric achieves Gold Status in BC Hydro Power Smart Alliance

There’s no news like good news, and we are thrilled to announce that Fitterer Electric Ltd. has officially achieved gold membership status with the BC Hydro Power Smart Alliance. Thanks to the hard work of our dedicated team of electricians, … Continue reading

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Fitterer Electric is looking for BC Hydro Community Champions!

Are you a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping BC beautiful?  Are you focused on sustainability and the environment?  BC Hydro is looking for you, and wants to award you $10,000! As local Burnaby Electricians with our own environmental mandate, we … Continue reading

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BC Hydro Cuts T12 Incentive Program

Are you looking to upgrade your old T12 fixtures to more efficient T8’s in your industrial, commercial or warehouse lighting?  Better make plans now, as BC Hydro is phasing out the incentive program  and cutting out the rebates. There is … Continue reading

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Safe disposal of broken CFL’s

Stephen Hume of the Vancouver Sun recently profiled the proper handling and disposing of burnt-out CFL’s, or compact fluorescents, and his article raised some points that bear repeating.  For example, did you know that each CFL contains enough mercury to … Continue reading

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Being Power Smart means free money! And we can help!

Recently featured in The Vancouver Sun, BC Hydro is issuing a challenge to small businesses to cut their watts and ultimately their power consumption.  Based on the 2011 Residential Power Smart Energy Challenge, Hydro is looking for two small businesses to … Continue reading

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Fast-Chargers get the green light in the Lower Mainland

It’s the perfect match of green thinking and a quick charge:  the BC Provincial Government announced Thursday that it will spend $1.3 million to set up fast-charging stations in 12 communities. These new fast-charge stations will drop an eight-hour charge … Continue reading

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Electric plug-in makes Car of the Year

While we don’t profess to be motorheads, we were impressed when Motor Trend Magazine announced its’ car of the year as the Tesla Model S:  an electric car! This electric car is no geeky shrinking violet, with sleek lines, a … Continue reading

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Santa’s coming! Light the way with Holiday LEDs!

There are less than 32 days left before the Big Man comes down the chimney, and we at Fitterer Electric are already starting to decorate!   And what better way to decorate than energy-efficient LED bulbs! Did you know that energy-efficient … Continue reading

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Fitterer Electric Partners with Capilano University to save $15K per year!

Recently profiled in the North Shore News, Capilano University overhauled its’ street lights and parking lot lights, replacing older, high-wattage bulbs with low-energy devices; and guess who installed them!?  That’s right, our own team at Fitterer Electric. Partnering with Capilano … Continue reading

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GE, Maytag and Kitchenaid overlook energy-smart bulbs in many of their major appliances

We have a fish tank with three fish named Nemo, Flash and Goldie.  One morning we awoke to half the tank in darkness:  one of the lights had burnt out, and all the little fish were huddled under the remaining … Continue reading

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October is Power Smart Month!

October is Power Smart Month, and to celebrate as BC Hydro Power Smart Alliance members, we thought we would share the top five Fall energy-saving tips! Switch to LED or CFL bulbs in all your fixtures Ensure all your appliances … Continue reading

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Light as Interactive Art

It’s fascinating to see firsthand what people are doing with new LED technologies, and nowhere more interactively than LUMOUS:  the Darling Quarter Light Display in Darling Harbour, Australia.  Created by Bruce Ramus, it is described as a radiantly digital facade … Continue reading

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A non-review of the Light Bulb Finder app from the Environmental Protection Agency

I discovered an app from the Environmental Protection Agency called the Light Bulb Finder for iPhones and Androids.  It’s an app that captures the average electricity usage of your area based on your zip code and offers energy-saving light bulb … Continue reading

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