Make a beautiful tree decoration out of old greeting cards. Toronto Hydro shows you how.
Recycle old incandescent light bulbs into snowman ornaments! Toronto Hydro shows you how.
Toronto Hydro's Top 5 Holiday Conservation Tips
TORONTO, Dec. 10, 2012 /CNW/ - Brrrr! The weather outside is frightful,
so cuddle up and take a peek at Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited's
(Toronto Hydro) holiday conservation wish list and do-it-yourself
decorations reusing and recycling things around the home. Greening the
holidays is easy - conserve electricity to give back to the environment
and there just may be some extra dollars left for those last-minute
Toronto Hydro has added two new instructional videos for 'green' holiday
decorations. While decorating, remember LED lights for the tree, and
outside, are best. Inside, Santa will be looking for CFLs (compact
fluorescent light) bulbs. Wondering what to do with that old
incandescent bulb? How about a frosty snowman ornament? To see how,
visit torontohydro.com/newsroom. While you're there, check out how to make a beautiful tree out of
recycled cards and paper.
Toronto Hydro's 2012 conservation wish list:
Use electricity during off-peak times. Electricity rates on weekends and statutory holidays are always
off-peak, which means that your electricity is billed at the lowest
rates, all day, and this will help you save money on your hydro bill.
For the remainder of the season, December 15, 16, 22, 23, 25, 26, 29,
30 - as well as January 1 - are all designated off-peak days and
electricity is priced at the lowest cost. Winter electricity rates are
now in effect until April 30, 2013. For more information on
Time-of-Use (TOU) rates go to torontohydro.com/TOU
Use light emitting diode (LED) festive lights when decorating indoors
and outdoors - they use up to 90 per cent less energy and can last up to 10 times
longer than incandescent lights1. For example, 600 C7 incandescent holiday light bulbs would cost
approximately $90 to light up for one month; 600 mini incandescents
would cost just over $6; and 600 holiday LED lights would only be about
$12. LED lights are more durable, with no filaments or glass bulbs to
break. They also produce minimal heat and are therefore cooler to the
touch and less of a fire risk.
Dress warmer, use area rugs and turn the temperature down. If your feet are cold, your body will feel cold. During the winter
months, as much as 3 per cent of the energy your furnace uses can be
saved by lowering your thermostat by one degree. For the average
electrically heated detached house built before 1990, that could be a
savings of approximately $73.393 per year. It all adds up!
Make one of the green DIY ornaments featured this year! All of the tutorials can be found at youtube.com/torontohydro
Use a timer or programmable power bar on decorative lights and the
festive tree. Set it so they only turn on during peak "family times" and turn off
when everyone has gone to bed.
For more ways to save money and electricity go to torontohydro.com.
Finally, Toronto Hydro wants to remind people to work and play safe.
With all the festivities, safety may not be top of mind. Remind your
children to avoid playing around any electrical equipment or
structures, and when decorating be mindful of both overhead and
1 LED efficiency stats: lighting industry standard calculations and
Natural Resources Canada.
2 LED costs based on 30 day use at 6 hrs/day at a cost of $0.12 kWh
3 Source: Office of Energy Efficiency - Natural Resources Canada.
About Toronto Hydro
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
712,000 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
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