Media Advisory - Toronto Hydro-Lert

Toronto Hydro Calls Out to Downtown Businesses: Keep Your Doors Closed!

TORONTO, July 7 /CNW/ - Torontonians are seeking refuge by cranking up the AC - but at what cost? While canvassing the streets on July 5, the hottest day of the year so far, Toronto Hydro-Electric System ("Toronto Hydro") staff noticed multiple stores and restaurants on Yonge Street between Front and College Street with their doors and windows wide-open and the AC blasting. In some cases these conservation culprits had their entire window fronts openly cooling the sidewalk.

According to Toronto Hydro's 2009 Peak Out Poll, 81 per cent of Torontonians feel that businesses are not doing enough to conserve electricity. If retailers think customers are just full of hot air, maybe the financial bottom line might sway them to dial down their AC. Summer cooling can account for 50 per cent of their next hydro bill.

For tips on how to conserve electricity and save money go to our web site at

    -   Online poll was conducted using Leger Marketing's Web panel
        May 7 to May 14, 2009.
    -   A total of 1,077 interviews were conducted with Toronto-adults, aged
        18 years or older.
    -   Margin of error is +/- 2.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation

For further information: For further information: or to schedule an interview, contact: Tanya Bruckmueller, Toronto Hydro,, W: 416.542.2621, C: 416.903.0440

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