Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited
Toronto Hydro Corporation

Toronto Hydro Corporation

September 10, 2007 09:39 ET

Toronto Hydro's Conservation Customer of the Week:

Staples Business Depot turns its "Lights Out" and "Walks the Talk"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 10, 2007) - Toronto Hydro-Electric System ("Toronto Hydro") would like to commend its Conservation Customer of the Week, Staples Business Depot. This summer, the utility is showcasing business customers who are "walking the talk" when it comes to conservation and Staples Business Depot is investing in energy efficiency and committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Staples has set measurable targets for reduction in energy use and greenhouse gas emissions along with aggressive plans to achieve them! Staples successfully installed an energy-management heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system, and lighting-control systems in 240 of its 273 retail locations across Canada, and has many more retrofits planned for this year. This summer, Staples Business Depot also launched the highly-successful "Lights Out" initiative at 148 locations across Canada, 15 of which are in the Toronto area.

The "Lights Out" initiative, where in-store lights are lowered for the summer months, was designed to both reduce kilowatt consumption during peak-demand times (when Toronto electricity system experiences the most stress) and to reduce heat loads within its stores. With a decrease in heat loads, Staples is able to further reduce its electricity consumption by increasing in-store air conditioning temperatures. Throughout the year, Staples continues to adjust store lighting levels and temperatures to cut back on electricity use, whenever possible, and communicates these energy-efficient programs to customers, corporate management teams and in-store associates.

Across Ontario, in the last three years, Staples has decreased its overall kilowatt consumption by approximately 22,244 kilowatt hours, enough electricity to power 22 homes for a month, and reduced its greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 87 metric tonnes. In 2007, Staples' efforts were recognized with the "Energy Efficiency Award" from the Retail Council of Canada.

For building owners and managers who haven't started "walking the talk," Toronto Hydro gives you another reason to invest in energy-efficient building retrofits - the Business Incentive Program. Designed to encourage energy conservation and load management projects within the commercial, industrial, institutional and multi-residential sectors, it offers financial incentives based on kilowatt savings. Businesses (25,000 square feet or less) can apply for retrofit program funding, which will have a lasting effect on energy loads and consumption. For more information on the Business Incentive Program, visit

About Staples Business Depot

STAPLES Business Depot was founded in Toronto in 1991. It is Canada's largest supplier of office supplies, business machines, office furniture and business services for the small business and home office customer. The company is an everyday low price retailer. The chain operates stores in all provinces across Canada under the banners STAPLES® Business Depot™ and BUREAU EN GROS™. The company has over 13,500 employees serving customers through more than 273 office superstores, catalogue, and e-commerce. STAPLES® Business Depot™/BUREAU EN GROS™ is committed to making shopping easy by offering customers three ways to shop - online, by catalogue and in-store. More information is available at

About community@work

Through its new corporate giving program - community@work - STAPLES Business Depot is proud to partner with local community leaders to identify and support programs and initiatives focusing on three core areas: environment, education and entrepreneurship. For more information please

About Toronto Hydro-Electric System

A wholly owned subsidiary of Toronto Hydro Corporation, Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited delivers electricity through a complex network of poles, wires and underground structures to 678,000 customers and distributes approximately 18 per cent of the electricity in the province of Ontario. Toronto Hydro Corporation is owned 100 per cent by the City of Toronto.

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