Scorched by a high summer 2017 bill? Extreme Summer - One for Toronto's record books

Hottest summer ever recorded - 38 days over 30 degrees - 1pm August 1, 2016 was the highest usage ever
Understanding
summer spikes

A hot, humid summer
had air conditioners, dehumidifiers, fridges, freezers, fans and more working overtime.

Higher electricity costs + higher consumption

Electricity costs increased this year, and prolonged high humidity drove up consumption as well.

Did your summer
routine change?

Kids at home, houseguests and staycations all equal higher electricity use.

Be prepared for
seasonal extremes

Summer or winter, as temperatures spike, so can electricity use. Here’s what you can do to be prepared.

Understanding summer spikes
temperatures climb,
and demand spikes!

The average demand in August 2016
was 13% greater than August 2015.

graph shows in summer hydro usage goes up

usage iconMaximum daily temperature. Temperature data: http://climate.weather.gc.ca

High temperatures and electricity demand go hand in hand

TOP SUMMER ENERGY CONSUMERS
What keeps you cool
& comfortable can get costly

With higher summer heat and humidity,
fans, fridges, dehumidifiers and air conditioners
were all working overtime.

About your AC

Air conditioners can keep us cool and comfortable during sweltering summer days. But the relief of AC comes at a cost: higher electricity usage.

50%

Air conditioners fight
heat and humidity
but can account for
up to 50% of your bill

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energy
wise

did you know?
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10 years?

If your cooling system is over 10 years old, it may be time for an upgrade

HIGHER HUMIDITY + HIGHER ELECTRICITY COSTS
Understanding
THE SUMMER SPIKE

From 2015 to 2016, an increase
in electricity costs
contributed to higher bills. However, this summer’s prolonged high humidity also resulted in elevated electricity use. With more moisture in the air for longer periods of time, air conditioners have to run longer
just to maintain the same setting.

higher usage = higher bills

legend for usages charts energy consumption chart shows in summer 2016 energy usage is higher than summer 2015

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energy
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You can view your energy consumption right now.

DID YOUR SUMMER ROUTINE CHANGE?
SHIFTING HOUSEHOLD HABITS
CAN AFFECT YOUR COSTS

Kids home from school, houseguests and staycations all add up to more cooking, laundry and the use of home electronics.

icons of a tv, a fan, a spaceheater, a washer, a air purifier and a fridge

All electrical household appliances and lighting add
to the heat in your home.

Fridges, freezers and even your clothes dryer have to work extra long and hard to combat the heat and humidity.

Swimming pool?

A refreshing dip is nice, but it
can add up to $700 per month
in electricity costs.

That’s equivalent to the electricity use of four central air conditioners!

See how much electricity pool pumps, filters and heaters consume

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energy
wise

did you know?

60

Heating and cooling account for 60% of your annual energy use. Upgrade to
high-efficiency for year-round savings.

BE PREPARED FOR SEASONAL EXTREMES
EXTREMES ARE
NOW THE TREND

From climate experts to the Farmers’ Almanac, most predictions indicate that temperature extremes will increase and will last longer
in the years ahead.

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HVAC tune up Upgrade to an ECM Install a programmable thermostat Window coverings
Regular maintenance can reduce energy use by 15% An electronically commutated motor can reduce your furnace’s electricity use by 60% Automatically reduce heat when you're away from home or sleeping Close at night to avoid cold drafts; open during the day to let in warm sunlight

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energy
wise

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12 IS THE NEW 6

Starting this fall, you’ll get 12 bills a year instead of 6.
More frequent bills make it easier to manage your
energy usage and household budget.

IN A PINCH?

SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY

hap

home assistance Program

Energy-efficient upgrades, free
of charge, to help you save on household electricity costs.

See if you qualify

oesp

ontario electricity support Program

Monthly on-bill credits, based on household income and number of occupants.

Learn more

leap

low income energy assistance Program

One-time grant up to $500
for individuals or families, based on income.

See if you qualify

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energy
wise

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PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENTS (PAP)

The fastest, most convenient, safest way to
pay your bills is by automatic withdrawal.