Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto Hydro Corporation
Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

August 18, 2006 07:00 ET

Toronto Hydro Corporation: Before You Run for the Elevator-Consider Saving Your Energy

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 18, 2006) - As Friday rolls around, many Torontonians heave a sigh of relief. They walk into work, coffee in hand with a few minutes to spare, only to have the elevator doors slam in their face. It may, or may not, be personal, but a lot of the time it may be intentional. The Toronto Hydro Peak Out Poll exposes the shocking statistic that 42% of Toronto workers close elevator doors even though they know someone is still coming.

Toronto Hydro cares about this 'phenomenon' because elevators use electricity. Closing the elevator door represents significant electricity use, especially if the elevator has to make additional trips needlessly. An average high-rise commercial building elevator uses approximately 15,000 kilowatt hours (kWh) per year - to put this into context, an average home uses 12,000 kWh per year.

'Workplace Slackers' Back Again

Workplace Slackers waste more than time. Toronto Hydro's Peak Out Poll also reveals that nearly one quarter of Toronto workers have co-workers who leave their lights or computers on to make it appear that they're working early or late. Another 7% admit to doing it themselves.

Last year, Toronto Hydro asked Toronto residents if they had ever left their lights and/or computer on to make the boss think that they are still working. Almost one-in-ten Torontonians 'fessed-up' to fooling the boss.

From a cost-savings perspective, any equipment left on can represent millions of dollars in electricity costs.

Conservative estimates indicate that there are close to 1.5 million people working in office-type settings with computers in the city of Toronto. The average computer uses about 267 kWh per year, and the cost to run computer and monitor for 24 hours a day is about $165 a year. While there are those that leave their computers on to deceive their boss, there are even more computers left on because people wrongfully believe that it is more cost-effective and better for the hard drive.

With only 37 days left of summer, more lights will be turned on - and perhaps left on through the night with computers in tow. Home and business electricity use increases as the days become shorter. In the average home, 25% of all the electricity used is for lighting and small appliances, such as computers, TVs, VCRs and stereos.

Businesses, and employees, should try to conserve electricity and save money where possible. Lights left on, particularly at night waste money, electricity - and many residential customers complain of this apparent waste. Buildings should also conserve in other ways, such as turning off equipment that isn't used regularly like photocopiers and printers, or turning off one elevator on crucial conservation days.

Peak Out Poll Part 4 - the results:

- Over one-third of Torontonians (36%) close the elevator doors even though they know someone is still coming.

- Younger Torontonians ages 18-34 are closing elevator doors the most frequently (44%), significantly more often than their older counterparts. Likewise, Toronto workers (42%) and those with a university degree (38%) are closing the elevator doors frequently even when they know someone is coming.

- Nearly one-quarter of Torontonian workers (24%) have co-workers who leave their lights or computers on to pretend they are working early or late.

- Nearly one-in-ten workers admit to leaving the lights or computers on themselves (7%). The younger generation seems to have poorer work ethics. Torontonian workers aged 18 to 34 are more likely than the older workers to leave their computers on to make it look like they are working.

Toronto Hydro Poll reveals many people close the doors on purpose

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