Congratulations Toronto! Electricity consumption dropped approximately 6 per cent during Earth Hour

Congratulations Toronto! Electricity consumption dropped approximately 6 per cent during Earth Hour (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)

TORONTO, March 29, 2014 /CNW/ - Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") is pleased to report that the city dropped 178 megawatts (MW) of electricity during Earth Hour. This is equivalent to removing about 80,100 homes off of Toronto's electricity grid.

The average electricity demand at 8:30 p.m. on Saturdays in March is approximately 3,034 MW. During Earth Hour, the average demand dropped by approximately six per cent. This is lower than Earth Hour results in 2013 when Torontonians collectively dropped seven per cent from the grid.

Customers looking to scale back their electricity consumption all year round can take advantage of Toronto Hydro's saveONenergyTM coupons for discounts on energy-efficient products for the home. Downloadable coupons are available for lighting controls, compact fluorescent lights (CFL), LED bulbs and power bars.  For coupons and participating locations, please visit torontohydro.com/coupons

To help manage electricity bills, customers on Time-of-Use (TOU) rates can view their hourly, weekly and monthly electricity consumption to see where they can shift usage to lower-priced, off-peak periods. For more information, visit torontohydro.com/tou

Our World. Our City. Our Responsibility. See what we are doing to be safe, reliable and sustainable at torontohydro.com/responsibility

About Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 730,000 customers located in the city of Toronto. It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 18% of the electricity consumed in the province of Ontario.

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For further information:

Tanya Bruckmueller
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
416-903-0440