Time of Use: A New Way to Think About Electricity

Getting Smart About Smart Meters

Your Smart Meter is a key part of Ontario’s new smart metering system – and of building a culture of conservation across this province.

You will discover that with smart metering, you’ll have new options for managing your electricity costs. You will also learn that 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.

Why Did Ontario Introduce Smart Meters?

Smart Meters will help Ontario meet its energy needs.

Between now and 2025, Ontario must build almost a whole new electricity system. This includes replacing about 80% of our current generating facilities as they retire over time, and expanding the system to meet our future growth.

That’s why Ontario is introducing new tools – like Smart Meters – that can help. Smart Meters will encourage us all to think more about how and when we use electricity. Smart Meters will help smooth peak demand.

When we’re all using a lot of electricity at the same time we create ‘peak demand’ periods. Supplying electricity at those 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.