Toronto Hydro reminds customers to be aware of week-day peak pricing
times during hot August
TORONTO, Aug. 6 /CNW/ -
It's been a hot summer so far and Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
("Toronto Hydro") is reporting that Torontonians are using more
electricity than last year. According to the utility, electricity
consumption is up largely due to air conditioning loads. This is because
cooling degree days this June and July have increased by a whopping 187
per cent over June and July 2009. (224 versus 78). As a result,
Torontonians overall have used approximately 12% per cent more power
this summer than last. Consumption for residential customers is up more
than 18 per cent.
And summer cooling can be costly - it can account for up to 50 per cent
of the total bill. Running a central air conditioner for 24 hours at 21
degrees Celsius would cost $6.99 (electricity cost only) versus $4.99
for running it only during off-peak hours.*
With Time-of-Use electricity rates in effect for the majority of
Torontonians, customers should try to conserve and shift non-essential
electricity use to off-peak times. Shifting consumption will help
moderate August electricity bills. Customers can log onto the TOU
website ( href="https://cf.torontohydro.com/electricsystem/residential/tou/index.cfm">www.torontohydro.com/tou)
to view their personalized electricity usage on an hourly, daily and
weekly basis. The data is updated as recently as the day before. Logging
on and viewing usage data may help to avoid unpleasant surprises on
their hydro bills.
Toronto Hydro is helping some customers manage their air conditioning
use through its PowerShift® program. So far this
year, Toronto Hydro has activated the PowerShift®
air conditioner cycling program 27 times. PowerShift®
is used when temperatures reach 27 degrees Celsius or higher. More
activations are expected through August.
Here are some tips to help customers conserve electricity and manage
electricity costs this month:
Set the temperature at least one degree higher than you normally
would. Turn it off when you're not at home OR use a programmable
thermostat to turn the AC off (or up) during peak times.
Use a ceiling fan to supplement your AC. You can raise the temperature
on your thermostat and feel just as comfortable.
Keep doors and windows closed while the air conditioner is running.
Keep window shades drawn during the afternoon to keep the sun out.
Many appliances use power while they're plugged in, even if they're
not in use. This 'phantom power' could be costing you 5-10% more a
year on your energy bills. Fight phantom power by unplugging
appliances when they are not in use or by using a power bar.
Hang clothes to dry rather than using your electric dryer.
Sign up for peaksaver ® and get a $75 credit on your
hydro bill. For more tips and information on Toronto Hydro's
conservation programs like peaksaver ® and PowerShift®,
*Cooling Day is a common industry term and is calculated on a base
temperature of 18 degrees Celsius.
*Smart Meter Lane
Toronto Hydro Corporation is a holding company, which wholly-owns two
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited - which distributes electricity
and engages in Conservation and Demand Management ("CDM") activities;
Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. - which provides street lighting
The principal business of the Corporation and its subsidiaries is the
distribution of electricity by Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited.
Toronto Hydro-Electric System owns and operates an electricity
distribution system, which delivers electricity to approximately 696,000
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.
SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information: For further information:
Denise Attallah, Toronto Hydro, firstname.lastname@example.org, W: 416.542.2636, C: 416.902.9437