Hydro Ottawa Limited

Hydro Ottawa Limited

June 22, 2011 08:48 ET

Keep Cool and Save This Summer with Conservation Tips from Hydro Ottawa

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 22, 2011) - With the first full day of summer upon us, Hydro Ottawa wants to remind our customers how they can save electricity while keeping cool. Cooling and heating a home can account for up to 50% of your total bill. In addition, the electricity needed to cool your home during the summer is often greater than what is required to heat it during the winter.

As we welcome the hot hazy days of summer, many of us will be looking for ways to stay cool and comfortable. Here are some tips to help you conserve electricity and save money:

Inside your home:

  • Use fans to supplement or replace your air conditioner. Set ceiling fans to direct air flow down during the summer.
  • Open your windows and curtains at night to let cool air in and keep them closed on hot summer days to keep the warm air out.
  • Caulk, seal and weather-strip windows and install a seal sweep on doors to keep desired temperatures in.
  • Dry your clothes by hanging on an outdoor clothesline or drying rack to save on energy and reduce heat gain in your home.
  • Upgrade your central air conditioner. New ENERGY STAR® qualified systems are up to 70 per cent more efficient than older models. Take advantage of the saveONenergy heating and cooling incentive and receive up to $650 by replacing your older system.

Outdoors:

  • Plant trees, ground cover, shrubs and vines to shade your home and windows from the sun.
  • Install patio covers, awnings or solar screens to shade your windows and help keep your home cool.
  • Consider a push mower or other energy efficient machine for your lawn.
  • Install solar-powered LED garden lights to increase visibility and save energy.
  • Take advantage of your gas barbeque on hot summer days. Indoor cooking can heat up your home and increase the need for air conditioning.
  • Use timers on pool pumps and filtration systems so they operate during off-peak periods and only when needed.
  • Use a thermal cover on your pool or hot tub to trap the heat inside when it is not in use.

For coupons, rebates and more ways to save visit HydroOttawa.com/conservation or SaveOnEnergy.ca.

About Hydro Ottawa

Hydro Ottawa Limited, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hydro Ottawa Holding Inc., is the third largest municipal electricity distribution company in the province. Hydro Ottawa is responsible for the safe, reliable delivery of electricity to more than 300,000 residential and business customers in the city of Ottawa and the village of Casselman.

Contact Information

  • Hydro Ottawa Limited
    Susan Barrett
    A/Manager, Communications & Public Affairs
    Media Pager: 613 221-0063