How to manage your hydro bill

Eco-Developer, Tom Rand demonstrates that conservation isn't just about being green

TORONTO, Sept. 13, 2011 /CNW/ - Torontonians used approximately 8 per cent more electricity during the month of July and many are seeing the effects of air conditioning costs on their August/September bills. Tom Rand doesn't own an air conditioner.  He's a leader in the field of energy efficiency and an eco-developer and Cleantech Advisor at MaRS Discovery District.  That's why he is helping Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") spread the word about electricity conservation. The 'It's easy to conserve' campaign is aimed at helping Torontonians save money by adopting electricity conservation strategies in their homes and businesses.

When asked why he practises energy conservation, Mr. Rand said that energy conservation is partly about "de-carboning" the economy, but it's also about being smart with his household budget. "My home on Palmerston Avenue is already very energy efficient, but I do plan on using some of my Toronto Hydro coupons to replace the last of my old light bulbs with more energy-efficient compact fluorescent bulbs. I'm also planning a basement renovation later this year, and so I'll be asking my contractor about the New Home Construction Program. Why spend more on electricity if there are convenient ways to save?"

As customers begin to receive their summer bills, they could see an increase in their costs. The increase is primarily due to air conditioning (which can account for up to 50 per cent of a home's power consumption during a heat wave), as well as refrigeration appliances and dehumidifiers.

"We have data that shows that the old refrigerator in the basement could be using as much as $125 per year, says Catherine Parry, Director, Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience. "But we have a program that will take that under-used fridge away free of charge, helping customers save. Well-known Torontonians are helping us get the word out about a host of electricity savings and incentive programs that can help customers, who weren't able to curb their use during the heat wave, to start saving now."

The campaign features video testimonials of well-known local people who have embraced energy conservation and are reaping the rewards. Toronto Hydro wants to share their stories and show that saving money through energy conservation is possible. Toronto Hydro is challenging fellow Torontonians to find ways to conserve energy like Mr. Rand. Watch his video on Toronto Hydro's new Facebook page and learn about innovative ways he uses to conserve electricity in Toronto's Annex neighbourhood and at his Planet Traveler green hotel in Toronto's Kensington Market. The hotel features geo-exchange heating and cooling, solar thermal and PV, high-efficiency lighting and drain-water heat recapture.

"The energy savings opportunities through conservation are very real and can help families save money, but also have a positive impact on the environment," continues Toronto Hydro's Catherine Parry, "We offer various incentive programs that can help families and businesses reduce electricity usage and we urge customers to take advantage of these programs."

In addition to using Time-of-Use electricity rates to their benefit, Toronto Hydro customers can manage their electricity costs by participating in one or more of the following energy saving initiatives:

Get more than $125 in savings on household products with Downloadable coupons. Customers can download coupons from torontohydro.com to save money on compact fluorescent light bulbs, Energy Star® qualified ceiling fans, motion sensors, dimmer switches, timers and power bars.

Save $125 annually with Fridge removal. Customers can have their old energy-guzzling fridges and freezers that are at least 15 years old, removed at no charge.  Call 1-877-797-9473 or go online to book an appointment today.

Up to $650 towards a Heating/Cooling system replacement. When customers hire a participating contractor to replace their old air conditioning system or furnace with an energy-efficient model, they become eligible for financial incentives up to $650.

Other Torontonians taking part in Toronto Hydro's new social media campaign include: the Chief of Toronto Police Services, Bill Blair, culinary superstar Brad Long, master contractor and television celebrity Jim Caruk, newly-elected MP for Scarborough Southwest Dan Harris, and City of Toronto Councillor Shelley Carroll.

About Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro Corporation is a holding company, which wholly-owns two principal subsidiaries:

  • Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited - which distributes electricity and engages in Conservation and Demand Management ("CDM") activities; and
  • Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. - which provides street lighting services.

The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 705,000 customers located in the City of Toronto.  It is the largest municipal electricity distribution company in Canada and distributes approximately 19% of the electricity consumed in Ontario.

The information in these materials is based on information currently available to Toronto Hydro Corporation and its affiliates (together hereinafter referred to as "Toronto Hydro"), and is provided for information purposes only. Toronto Hydro does not warrant the accuracy, reliability, completeness or timeliness of the information and undertakes no obligation to revise or update these materials. Toronto Hydro (including its directors, officers, employees, agents and subcontractors) hereby waives any and all liability for damages of whatever kind and nature which may occur or be suffered as a result of the use of these materials or reliance on the information therein.

Toronto Hydro is pleased to announce we are officially on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube! Follow us for the latest on energy conservation, tips on how to take advantage of your time-of-use rates and updates on power outages.

Twitter - twitter.com/torontohydro

Facebook - facebook.com/torontohydro

YouTube - youtube.com/torontohydro

Video with caption: "Video: Tom Rand knows "It's easy to conserve"". Video available at: http://stream1.newswire.ca/cgi-bin/playback.cgi?file=20110913_C2783_VIDEO_EN_3131.mp4&posterurl=http://photos.newswire.ca/images/20110913_C2783_PHOTO_EN_3131.jpg&clientName=Toronto%20Hydro%20Corporation&caption=Video%3A%20Tom%20Rand%20knows%20%22It%27s%20easy%20to%20conserve%22&title=Tom%20Rand%20knows%20%22It%27s%20easy%20to%20conserve%22

SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information:

Jennifer Link 
jlink@torontohydro.com
416-542-2725


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