Time of Use: A New Way to Think About Electricity

If we all make some small changes to the way we use electricity we can have a positive impact – both on the environment and on Ontario’s energy system.

Smart Meters encourage us all to think more about how and when we use electricity. 

When we’re all using a lot of electricity at the same time, we create ‘peak demand’ periods. Supplying electricity at peak periods has a range of impact:

  1. adds to our electricity costs – because higher demand often means higher prices
  2. It’s hard on the environment – because meeting peaks may require the building of additional electricity generation plants.
  3. It adds to the amount of new generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure Ontario must build; and consumers must pay.
  4. It puts a strain on our electricity system.