TORONTO, July 16, 2013 /CNW/ - As hot, muggy temperatures continue
across the city, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto
Hydro") continues to appeal for conservation. Yesterday's peak in
Toronto was 4,497 megawatts (MW) at 5:39 p.m. Toronto's highest peak
demand last year (2012) was on July 17 when electricity usage soared to
4,830 MW. Prolonged heat waves strain the electricity distribution
system because overnight ambient air temperatures (staying above 20
degrees Celsius) do not allow transformers and cables to cool
sufficiently. Business owners, especially, have a big part to play in
reducing electricity consumption during weekday peak periods. And, all
that wasted electricity will result in an expensive fall electricity
"Open for Business, but Doors are Closed"
Although it may be tempting to entice overheated customers into stores
by blasting AC onto the street, this wastes money and electricity.
Here is a breakdown by the numbers (see image with news release):
Negative Impact - One Store, One Open Door
Wastes 3,850 kilowatt hours of electricity;
Pays about $500 more for electricity this summer, or approximately $125
Releases more than 610 kg of unnecessary carbon dioxide into the
Positive Impact - 1,000 Stores With Closed Doors Saves 3.85 million kilowatt hours of electricity;
Saves $500,000 on summer electricity bills;
Prevents 610 tonnes of carbon dioxide from being released, which is
equivalent to removing 110 cars from the road or saving 1,400 barrels
Many businesses can apply the same money-saving tips that apply to
homes. However, energy-efficient lighting likely plays a bigger role,
as does the wise use of air conditioning.
Here are some tips for businesses on how to keep cool while conserving
electricity and saving money:
Don't leave the front door open when air conditioning!
Take advantage of the free lighting retrofit program from Toronto
Hydro. This is the easiest program of all. Qualifying small businesses
can get up to $1,500 in FREE energy-efficient lighting at no cost!
In the summer, set the temperature at least one degree higher than you
Add a portable or ceiling fan to help cooling.
Relax your dress code to help keep employees comfortable.
Keep computers on standby. On average, computers are only used 10 per
cent of the time they are turned on.
Unplug electronics: Many electronic items such as TVs, computers and
photocopiers continue to consume small amounts of electricity even when
turned off. Try plugging these items into a power bar with a switch, so
you can easily turn them off when they are not in use.
Remove light bulbs in areas with excess lighting levels, such as near
windows, in hallways and in areas with no furniture.
Toronto Hydro offers financial incentives and technical help for energy
efficiency projects. Learn more at www.torontohydro.com/business.
For more tips on how to conserve visit torontohydro.com/smartsummer
Image with caption: "WE ALL PAY FOR OPEN DOORS. Ever wonder how much money and energy is wasted keeping a door open while running an AC? (CNW Group/Toronto Hydro Corporation)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20130716_C7778_PHOTO_EN_29040.jpg
SOURCE: Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro-Electric System