People are finding ways to conserve through this heat wave as well by changing other habits of summer.
Marc Telowsky can’t help but smile– the Manager at Nanaimo’s Canadian Tire has never been so popular.
As the sound of his cart carrying an air conditioner brings people running down the aisle.
“People are grabbing them before we can make it to the actual aisle,” says Telowsky. “Because of this extreme heat wave it’s just been non stop requests for fans, air conditioners, ice packs, coolers, pools.”
And BC Hydro’s seeing power use spike as people plug that new equipment in. As those who’ve been living without air conditioners decide this is the summer to do it.
“It’s getting hot and I decided that I like my comfort and the fan didn’t quite do it last night,” says Nanaimo resident Peter Newman.
“This certainly is unusual for Vancouver Island to have a heatwave extend for this period of time and across the province and as a result at Hydro we’ve experienced some pretty high usage not usually seen this time of year,” says Ted Olynyk of BC Hydro.
Power use spiked about 15 per cent in recent days as temperatures soared. But a behaviour typical of weather like this, water use is surprisingly down in Nanaimo. Where people are clearly abiding by stage 2 water restrictions.
“They’re either being reminded by their neighbours or we’re swinging by and giving them a bit of a note to let them know,” says Bill Sims, Nanaimo’s Water Resources Manager.
And officials say its led to a real shift away from watering in this year’s drought.
“As you drive around Nanaimo you certainly see a lot more brown lawns or golden lawns as we like to call them because way to go than we used to and people are opting to let their lawns go dormant,” added Sims.
A promising sign to officials that people are buying into conservation in this heat, trying to get cool where they can.