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Heat wave forcasted this week: Toronto Hydro reminds customers to watch air conditioner use during peak afternoon times

TORONTO, July 5 /CNW/ - As another heat wave moves into the City, Toronto Hydro-Electric System ("Toronto Hydro") reminds customers that summer time-of-use (TOU) prices are in effect. Customers should be mindful of the higher 'on' peak price for electricity during weekday afternoons (11am to 5 pm).

With TOU electricity rates in effect for the majority of Torontonians, customers should try to conserve and shift non-essential electricity use to off-peak times. Customers can log on to the TOU website to see their usage on an hourly, daily and weekly basis. The data is updated as recent as the day before.

Summer cooling 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(1).

Here are some tips on how to conserve electricity and save money:

    -   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 minimize the passive
        solar heating effect of the sun.
    -   Hang clothes to dry - visit to find out how
        to get a free drying rack.
    -   Sign up for peaksaver(R) and get a $75 credit on your hydro bill. For
        more tips and information on Toronto Hydro's conservation programs
        like peaksaver(R) and PowerShift(R), visit

    (1) Smart Meter Lane

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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