Scorched by a high summer 2017 bill? Extreme Summer - One for Toronto's record books
A hot, humid summer
had air conditioners, dehumidifiers, fridges, freezers, fans and more working overtime.
Understanding summer spikes
and demand spikes!
The average demand in August 2016
was 13% greater than August 2015.
Maximum 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.
Air conditioners fight
heat and humidity
but can account for
up to 50% of your bill
If your cooling system is over 10 years old, it may be time for an upgrade
HIGHER HUMIDITY + HIGHER ELECTRICITY COSTS
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
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.
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.
by upgrading to a high-efficiency air conditioner.
Heating and cooling account for 60% of your annual energy use. Upgrade to
high-efficiency for year-round savings.
BE PREPARED FOR SEASONAL EXTREMES
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.
|HVAC tune up
||Upgrade to an ECM
||Install a programmable thermostat
|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
|Shift and save
||Nudge the thermostat
||Reduce heat gain
|Run major appliances
(clothes dryers, dishwashers, etc.) after 7 p.m. for the lowest
|Every degree higher saves
2-3% on cooling costs
|Draw curtains or blinds to block warm sunlight and reduce air conditioning costs
||Create a cross-breeze by opening windows on opposing sides of your home
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
home assistance Program
Energy-efficient upgrades, free
See if you qualify
of charge, to help you save on household electricity costs.
ontario electricity support Program
Monthly on-bill credits, based on household income and number of occupants.
low income energy assistance Program
One-time grant up to $500
See if you qualify
for individuals or families, based on income.
The fastest, most convenient, safest way to
pay your bills is by automatic withdrawal.