TORONTO, Sept. 29, 2011 /CNW/ - With more than 10,000 restaurants in the
City of Toronto1, you have to offer something unique if you want to stand out. It's fair
to say that a modest size residential home in Toronto has conservation
advantages that businesses do not. Brad Long, TV celebrity chef and
owner of Cafe Belong at the Evergreen Brickworks, knows that
restaurateurs have to get creative to save money on their electricity
bill without skimping on the ambiance.
With standard operating hours coinciding with peak electricity rates,
Chef Long, makes smart decisions about electricity usage wherever he
can to keep his costs down. Sustainability and conservation are
setting him apart. Participating in Toronto Hydro-Electric System
Limited's (Toronto Hydro) 'It's Easy To Conserve' campaign alongside
other well known Torontonians, Chef Long shares tips on how he
"There are a lot of little things you can do every day to make it easier
to conserve," says Chef Long. His restaurant boasts reclaimed materials
and the heating system works in exchange with the adjoining skating
rink for cost-efficiency. This means that in keeping with the
sustainable design of the area, the waste heat from the skating rink's
refrigeration system is directed to heat the Café Belong.
Learn more about how Chef Long conserves energy at his home and
restaurant by watching his video, part of Toronto Hydro's 'It's Easy to Conserve' campaign facebook.com/torontohydro
"We want to educate our business customers about energy conservation.
The programs and incentives that we offer help facilitate improvements
that will lead to more manageable bills," says Catherine Parry, Toronto
Hydro's Director, Marketing, Communications and Customer Experience.
"As well, there are other little things businesses can do to conserve
energy during the fall and winter months."
Some tips to help keep your business electricity usage down this fall
and winter, when the temperatures drop, include:
Use recommended thermostat set points: Every degree of heating increases
energy use by four to five per cent
Replace old high-volume kitchen sprayers with high-velocity, low-flow
models and save up to a thousand dollars a year in hot water costs.
Install a programmable thermostat to automatically control temperature
settings and save from 10 to 70 per cent on heat and cooling costs.
Use LED lights everywhere! Replace Exit signs with LED models, if you
decorate your business with decorative lights or for holidays, consider
replacing them with LED lights which can result in an 85% reduction in
If you're a member of the Ontario Restaurant Hotel and Motel Association (ORHMA), sign up for Green-Eats and find out about retrofit incentives. Green-Eats provides information about financial incentives that are
available through Toronto utilities, including electricity, gas and
water, to help reduce the cost of retrofits.
Other programs for businesses include:
Small Business Lighting: offers a free assessment to identify energy savings and up to $1,000 of
lighting and other energy-efficient upgrades, including all equipment
Audit Funding: offers financial incentives of up to 50% of the cost of an energy audit
to help identify costs and benefits of implementing energy efficiency
projects and in prioritizing energy management projects.
Retrofit Program: provides financial incentives to replace existing inefficient equipment
with high-efficiency equipment and for installing new control systems
that will improve the efficiency of your operational procedures and
Existing Building Commissioning: provides incentives to evaluate and implement retro-commissioning
strategies that increase the efficiency of your chilled water plant.
Driven by customer demand, Toronto Hydro continues to offer a series of
free workshops for its business customers. The workshops explain the
Ontario Power Authority, saveONenergy, programs that are available to
help companies make smart investments in energy efficiency. To
register, visit torontohydro.com/businessevents
About Toronto Hydro
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.
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hereinafter referred to as "Toronto Hydro"), and is provided for
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