TORONTO, Dec. 21 /CNW/ - As snow begins to blanket the city, Toronto
Hydro-Electric System Limited ("Toronto Hydro") is reminding its
Time-of-Use customers that electricity prices on certain days during
the holidays are OFF-PEAK-- the lowest electricity price - all day.
The following dates are designated OFF-PEAK periods:
Saturday, December 25
Sunday, December 26
Monday, December 27
Tuesday, December 28
Saturday, December 31
Sunday, January 1
Monday, January 3
Time-of-Use rates are designed to encourage customers to shift their
electricity use to off-peak times; this helps reduce strain on the grid
when electricity consumption is at its highest peak.
Toronto Hydro customers interested in learning more about their kilowatt
consumption, can log onto Toronto Hydro's TOU website (www.torontohydro.com/tou) to view 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 allows customers to become aware of when and how much
electricity they are using and may help them manage their over
household electricity bill.
Although the holidays will end in a few weeks, winter is here to stay.
Follow these simple energy saving tips to conserve this winter season:
Keep all your exterior doors tightly shut and try to avoid frequent
in-and-out traffic. Padded door runners help reduce drafts under
Lower your thermostat by one degree to save as much as three per cent of
the energy your furnace uses during the winter months. For the average
electrically heated detached house built before 1990, that could be a
savings of approximately $73.39* per year.
Keep the draperies and shades on your south-facing windows open during
sunny days to allow the sunlight to enter and heat your home. Keep them
closed at night to reduce the chill you may feel around cold windows.
Wrap your windows with plastic. Twenty-five per cent of a home's heat is
lost through windows and this low-cost option can reduce this loss by
50 per cent**.
Adjust your thermostat. Recommended thermostat settings for a
comfortable environment during the winter months are:
21°C (70°F) when you are home relaxing
18°C (64.5°F) when you are sleeping, and
15°C (59°F) when you are away from your home for an extended period of
For more ideas on how to conserve electricity and save money (available
in six languages), visit our website at torontohydro.com.
About Toronto Hydro
The Corporation is a holding company which through its wholly-owned
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited ("LDC") — distributes electricity
and engages in Conservation and Demand Management activities; and
Toronto Hydro Energy Services Inc. ("TH Energy") — provides street
The principal business of the Corporation is the distribution of
electricity by LDC. LDC owns and operates an electricity distribution
system that delivers electricity to approximately 697,000 customers
located in the City of Toronto.
*Office of Energy Efficiency - Natural Resources Canada.
** Source: City of Toronto.
SOURCE Toronto Hydro Corporation
For further information:
Denise Attallah, Toronto Hydro, firstname.lastname@example.org, W: 416.542.2636, C: 416.902.9437