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Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

August 18, 2008 07:17 ET

Torontonians Still Bugged by Wasted Electricity

Toronto Hydro's fourth poll reveals that wasteful businesses top list

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 18, 2008) - It's been four years since Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited (Toronto Hydro) launched its first annual 'Peak Out Poll' and the utility is finding that more than half of Torontonians still have the same beef this summer: wasted electricity!

And who do they think the worst offenders are?

84 per cent of Torontonians continue to feel downright irritated by businesses that continue to blast air conditioners while keeping their street doors open. Luckily for these electricity offenders, there isn't a confidential snitch line! Almost half of respondents (49 per cent) said they would call a confidential phone line to report neighbours or businesses that appear to be wasting electricity.

Some other key findings from the 4th Annual Toronto Hydro 'Peak out Poll':

Ninety percent of Torontonians are willing to go without at least one appliance or electronic device in their home to conserve electricity.

The top three items that Torontonians would go without are a gaming console (61 per cent), dishwasher (48 per cent) and air conditioner (34 per cent). Almost half (48 per cent) are willing to give up 3 or more of these items to conserve.

Most Torontonians are willing to do their share to reduce peak electricity demand. Over 80% (81%) of Torontonians would shift electricity use to 'off-peak' times when cheaper hydro rates are offered. Toronto Hydro has installed more than 500,000 smart meters across the city and 'on peak'/'off peak' rates will be introduced to consumers soon.

The activities that consumers are willing to shift to 'off-peak' periods include the use of the washer/dryer (90 per cent), dishwasher (76 per cent), taking a shower (23 per cent) watching TV (9 per cent).

When asked if conserving electricity is the right thing to do, or if Torontonians feel "guilted" into doing it, an overwhelming 92 per cent say it's the right thing to do.

Conservation is simple and it saves money. Toronto Hydro offers load-management programs such as peaksaver® and PowerShift®. On hotter days, Toronto Hydro will automatically cycle down central air conditioning units to help enrolled customers conserve power and lower their bills. Customers typically do not notice any change in temperature, however, the electricity load reductions achieved during peak demand periods are significant.

"Although the city has generally experienced cooler temperatures this summer, we still see a spike in air conditioner loads on the grid on hot days," said David O'Brien, President and CEO, Toronto Hydro Corporation. "By adjusting thermostats only a few degrees, customers can cut power consumption, save their money, and improve our air quality. Better still, let Toronto Hydro manage it for you by signing up for peaksaver."

More than 43,000 Torontonians are voluntarily participating in this program, enabling Toronto Hydro to cut central air conditioning demand in the city by up to 40 Megawatts on hot summer days.

For more tips on how to conserve electricity, or to sign up for peaksaver and powershift, visit www.torontohydro.com.

About Toronto Hydro-Electric System Limited

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.

Note: This online poll was conducted between June 20th and June 27th, 2007 and based on a randomly selected sample of 791 English speaking Torontonian adults aged 18+ (586 working full-time or part-time) using Harris/Decima's proprietary consumer panel, eVox. Data have been weighted to ensure the sample is representative of the gender, age and employment status distribution in the City of Toronto.

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