Below, we’ve gathered resources specific to condo or apartment living – from how suite metering works, to ways to save energy and how to stay prepared for an emergency.
A green team may be your building’s most powerful asset to get energy-saving initiatives off the ground. If your building doesn’t yet have one, it’s easy to get started.
All it takes is a few energy champions to motivate, encourage and lead other residents.
Set a targeted date and amount to reduce energy use, or define a list of initiatives.
They’ll work with you to identify and plan projects, apply for funding or host info-sessions to build support.
Prepare an information package, send a newsletter or organize an energy-saving education night, so everyone knows what’s being planned.
Compare your energy consumption (kWh) before, during and after your initiatives to track effectiveness.
Generate excitement by updating residents on how much has been saved and that their efforts have been worthwhile.
See more steps
Those who live in smaller spaces can save energy as easily as single-family homes.
They last up to 25,000 hours and use up to 75% less electricity. See our buying guide.
During cooler months, keep blinds open during the day to let the hot sun in. During warmer months, keep them closed to keep it out.
Including laptops, DVD players, televisions and sound systems, to save.
Once devices have finished charging to reduce phantom power.
Wait for full loads before running and use cold water whenever possible.
Work with your Condominium Board, Landlord or Property Manager and other residents to coordinate a bulk purchase to upgrade fan coils to more energy-efficient units.
To automatically turn heating or air conditioning down or off when you’re away.
They use up to 50% less electricity than electric stoves.
It uses much more energy than other options.
Clean dirt and debris off the tracks to keep air from escaping.
They can reduce drying time from 30-50%.
If you live in a highrise, a prolonged outage could mean some time without water or working elevators until power is restored.
Be prepared by keeping these supplies on hand:
Bottled water(4 litres per person per day)
Non-perishable food and a manual car opener
First-aid kit with bandages and alcohol wipes
Flashlight and extra batteries
Wind-up or battery-operated radio
If you receive a monthly bill from Toronto Hydro, you likely have a suite meter. With suite metering, you pay for the electricity used in your suite – not for what your neighbours use.
Learn more about suite metering.
Just as traffic can peak during rush hour, so can our electricity use. If you have a suite meter, take advantage of Time-of-Use rates and pay lower rates for the electricity you use during less busy times. For example, shifting laundry and dishwashing to off-peak hours after 7 p.m. is a simple way to save.
Learn more about Time-of-Use rates
Not on suite metering? See other rate types
Looking to start an energy-efficiency project? Call on our Energy Experts to help you identify opportunities and apply for incentives to help offset the cost of upgrading.
Learn where to save.
The government has removed the DRC from all residential customers’ bills. If you own multiple units and meet the exemption criteria, you may qualify for an exemption for each unit.
Download the DRC Exemption Form
Customers are responsible for maintaining and inspecting transformer vaults located on their property. As vault doors are locked for safety, you must contact Toronto Hydro if you’d like to arrange access. This service is provided once annually, at no charge.
Download the Vault Access Form
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