Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto Hydro Corporation
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

July 31, 2006 12:02 ET

Media Advisory: Toronto Hydro-Lert

Toronto Hydro advises Torontonians to reduce electricity use

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - July 31, 2006) - It's going to be another scorcher this week. As air conditioners will be humming and putting pressure on the system, Toronto Hydro recommends that its customers reduce electricity consumption where possible. Air conditioning can account for up to 50% of your hydro bill, so customers should use it wisely or conserve in other ways.

Conservation by Toronto's business and residential communities is an important piece of the overall electricity management effort, especially during heat waves. Prolonged heat waves strain electricity distribution systems because ambient air temperatures do not cool transformers and cables sufficiently. This can lead to localized service interruptions.

We ask all customers to look for ways to reduce use, especially at peak times. The peak in Toronto normally occurs in the mid to late afternoon, and represents the point in time during the day when the City's homes, businesses and infrastructure is drawing the most power from the provincial grid.

Customers should also look to conserve electricity in other ways such as hanging clothes to dry, using microwave ovens, turning off appliances and computers when not in use, and turning off air conditioners or increasing its temperature setting.

For more tips on how to conserve electricity, visit the Summer Challenge website at www.torontohydro.com/challenge


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