TORONTO, Feb. 28, 2014 /CNW/ - According to Environment Canada, it's
been the coldest winter in at least a decade. Frigid temperatures have
been driving up electricity usage and Toronto Hydro-Electric System
Limited (Toronto Hydro) has observed an increase in customers' bills
ranging from an average of nine per cent for typical gas heated homes
to 23 per cent for typical electrically heated homes.
Toronto Hydro encourages customers to monitor and manage their use
Toronto Hydro offers online services to make monitoring daily
electricity usage and managing costs easy. Customers can monitor their
daily usage through the Time-of-Use online tool, set up cost threshold
alerts and 'predict my bill' weekly notifications. A mobile friendly
version is also available. Customers can sign up at mytorontohydro.com
As the cold weather is predicted to continue, Toronto Hydro offers the
following tips to manage your energy bill:
Shift appliance use to off-peak times.
Lower the thermostat a few degrees and dress accordingly.
Limit the use of electric space heaters. If possible, only use space
heaters in the off-peak time of use period.
Make sure cracks around doors and windows are well sealed.
More energy saving tips can be found at torontohydro.com
Toronto Hydro has a number of options to help customers with high
Payment arrangements - the utility encourages customers to call
416-542-8000 instead of leaving the bill unpaid. Payment plans can be
arranged to alleviate the pressure of paying a large bill in one
Customers enrolled in the pre-authorized payment plan can sign up for
equal billing to help smooth out bills and avoid expensive winter and
summer bills. To sign up, visit mytorontohydro.com or call 416-542-8000.
The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) is a program that
provides a one-time grant of up to $500 per year to eligible customers
having difficulty paying a 'past due' bill. Income eligibility
information can be found at torontohydro.com/leap.
About Toronto Hydro
Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity
distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately
726,000 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 the province
Our World. Our City. Our Responsibility. See what we are doing to be
safe, reliable and sustainable at torontohydro.com/responsibility
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SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System