Toronto Hydro Lays it on the Line and Helps Customers Rack in the Savings

New Incentive for Customers Buying a New ENERGY STAR(R) Clothes Washer

TORONTO, April 14 /CNW/ -

NEWS

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") has partnered with Toronto-area The Home Depot Stores, Caplan's Appliances and the City of Toronto to offer Toronto customers approximately $200 in incentives on energy efficient clothes washers.

Torontonians who are thinking of purchasing a new clothes washer should consider doing it in the next few months. Customers that purchase an ENERGY STAR clothes washer from Caplan's or The Home Depot in the months of April, May and June (2010) will receive an $80 instant rebate, a $60 mail-in rebate from the City of Toronto plus get an eco-friendly indoor drying rack valued at $68.

ENERGY STAR qualified washing machines use at least 30 per cent less electricity. They also use up to 50 per cent less water and the combined water and electricity savings can total almost $68 a year. As well, if customers use a clothes drying rack even just a quarter of the time (instead of a dryer), they could save another $21 a year.

QUOTES

"We're proud of the collaboration from all of our partners. This is another Toronto Hydro program to help our customers choose more energy efficient products. "

Chris Tyrrell, Chief Conservation Officer, Toronto Hydro

"We are delighted to be partnering with Toronto Hydro and The City of Toronto in offering this program. Our customers have shown their commitment to the environment by actively seeking energy and water efficient appliances and this program will help meet those needs. "

Robert Caplan, Caplan's Appliances

"The Home Depot wants to educate consumers on how Eco Options products can be incorporated into their lifestyle to make a difference for the environment and from a dollar savings perspective. In addition to education, The Home Depot has focused on providing even more value to consumers by lowering prices on many of our over 1,900 Eco Options products which include ENERGY STAR washing machines."

Gino DiGioacchino, VP of Merchandising, The Home Depot Canada

"This program demonstrates the value of a coordinated approach to conservation and education. It is important to the City of Toronto that we work with our partners to support an overall culture of conservation."

Lou Di Gironimo, General Manager of Toronto Water

    
    FACTS

    -  The promotion is valid from April 1, 2010 until June 30, 2010.
    -  Clothes dryers account for 15 per cent of household appliance
       consumption.*
    -  Running a tap for five minutes can use as much energy as leaving a
       60-watt light bulb burning for 14 hours.(xx)
    -  Promotion is valid only at Caplan's Appliances and Toronto-area The
       Home Depot Stores.
    -  Through its conservation and demand management programs, Toronto Hydro
       has achieved savings of 121,456 MWh bringing its total savings to
       approximately 655,010 MWh since the start of its programs in 2005.
    

Links:

Toronto Hydro: www.torontohydro.com/wash

Caplan's Appliances: http://www.caplans.ca

The Home Depot: http://www.homedepot.ca/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/EcoOptions?storeId=10051&catalogId=10051&langId=-15&display=home&eid=ecooptions

City of Toronto Water Efficiency: www.toronto.ca/waterff

BOILERPLATES

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

    
    -  Distributes electricity and engages in conservation and demand
       management ("CDM") activities; and
    -  Provides street lighting services.
    

The principal business of Toronto Hydro is the distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited. Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates $1.9 billion of Capital Assets comprised primarily of an electricity distribution system that delivers electricity to approximately 690,000 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 Ontario.

Caplan's is a third generation family business offering all the best brands in kitchen and laundry appliances, serving customers in the GTA and beyond. The Caplan family's integrity and passion for excellence in customer service is at the heart of our business' success story for more than 60 years.

    
    *Technology Assessment Study, Ontario Power Authority;
    (xx) Benefits of Water Efficiency, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
    

SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information: For further information: Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro, tbruckmueller-wilson@torontohydro.com, W: (416) 542-2621, C: (416) 903-0440; Ellen Leesti, City of Toronto, eleesti@toronto.ca, W: (416) 397-1403; Robert Caplan, Caplan's Appliances, W: (416) 766-4176; Tiziana Baccega, The Home Depot, tiziana_baccega@homedepot.com, W: (416) 412-6570


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