Scorched by a high summer 2018 bill? Extreme Summer – One for Toronto’s record books

High summer 2018 bill? Extreme Summer - Higher temps, higher bills: AC could account for nearly half of your costs
Top summer
energy consumers

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

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.

Need help managing
electricity costs?

You may qualify for financial assistance or free upgrades to help reduce ongoing energy costs and make your home more comfortable.

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

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10 years?

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

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!

Upgrade your pool pump with a $400 rebate and save on energy costs year after year

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energy
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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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PowerLens® shows you how and when you’re using electricity. You can set goals, track progress and even earn rewards, simply for saving energy.

Need help managing electricity costs?

SUPPORT IS AVAILABLE FOR THOSE WHO QUALIFY

AffordAbility Fund

Is electricity a big part of your household budget? Find out how to qualify for free upgrades to help lower your costs.

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home assistance Program

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

See if you qualify

ontario electricity
support Program

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

Learn more

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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wise

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PRE-AUTHORIZED PAYMENTS (PAP)

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