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
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
About Toronto Hydro
Toronto Hydro Corporation is a holding company which, through its
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
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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