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Electronics use in B.C. will surge during COVID-19 holiday season: survey

Last Updated Dec 11, 2020 at 9:01 pm PST

Summary

Over 90 per cent of British Columbians plan to spend more time at home over the holidays because of COVID-19: survey

BC Hydro, which commissioned the survey, predicts "unprecedented" electronics use

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Most British Columbians are staying home for the holidays due to the pandemic and will be relying on their devices to keep them connected, distracted, and entertained according to a new survey.

BC Hydro, which commissioned the survey, predicts “unprecedented” electronics use.

“Over 90 per cent of British Columbians plan to spend more time at home over the holidays because of COVID-19,” reads a release from the utility. “Over half said they will use more electronics to help pass the time.”

People in this province will be using electronics to connect with loved ones, as in-person gatherings remain restricted and non-essential travel is discouraged.

“About 60 per cent of British Columbians said they are planning a virtual celebration with family and friends this year and about half said they will be making more phone calls to connect with loved ones, which may be why about 10 per cent expect to purchase cellphones for family and friends,” according to the statement.

When it comes to gift-giving and holiday shopping, spending on electronics is already up by 10 per cent and BC Hydro predicts a further increase in the days before Christmas. More than three-quarters of those surveyed say their holiday plans include more TV and movies, with new tablets and TVs on many people’s wish lists.

About 20 per cent of electricity use in homes is due to electronics and small appliances, so BC Hydro is out with a few tips to improve efficiency.

To improve energy efficiency, BC Hydro recommends streaming movies or shows on a device like a smart TV instead of a game console as it uses 40 per cent less electricity. And, consider monitor size — a 17-inch monitor uses 30 per cent more energy than a 15-inch monitor.