Toronto Hydro advises customers to expect higher summer bills

TORONTO, Sept. 6, 2011 /CNW/ - With record-setting, sustained temperatures and humidity this summer, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") has seen a corresponding increase in electricity usage for many customers and as a result, higher electricity bills.

This summer, (July 1- July 31) Toronto experienced a 21 per cent increase over last year in the number of hours above 25 degrees. High day and night time temperatures combined with humidity contributed to the higher electricity demand. The increase in bills is primarily attributable 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.

If a customer doesn't have air conditioning and the bill still seems high, consideration should be given as to whether changes have been made to the home, including:

  • Did you add appliances or other electronic equipment such as a big screen TV or a larger refrigerator?
  • Are you using equipment such as dehumidifiers that run constantly?
  • Did you renovate or add an extension to your home?
  • Were you and your family at home more than usual during the summer or did you have visitors staying with you?
  • Do you have a pool and operate the pump constantly? Did you use more power during peak times? If a high percentage of your electricity was consumed from 11 a.m. - 5 p.m. it may have increased your bill if you are on TOU rates.
  • Is your equipment working properly?  Excess use of fans and/or pumps can use a lot of electricity.

For more information, customers are encouraged to view their time-of-use (TOU) electricity consumption profile, to see how this hot summer has affected their electricity consumption at torontohydro.com/tou. If not already signed up for access to the TOU website, they can follow the simple instructions found on the TOU website.

For more information, and ways to lower bills through electricity conservation, customers are encouraged to visit the Toronto Hydro website: torontohydro.com

About Toronto Hydro

Toronto Hydro Corporation is a holding company which, through its principal subsidiaries:

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

The principal business of the Corporation is the distribution of electricity by LDC. LDC owns and operates an electricity distribution system that delivers electricity to approximately 705,000 customers located in the City of Toronto.

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.

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SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information:

Jennifer Link

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