WHAT ARE THE BEST STRATEGIES FOR TIME OF USE PRICING?

There are lots of simple things that we can do to save electricity and manage electricity costs. It all starts with Conservation. Your best strategy might combine some or all of the following:

  1. Shift some electricity use to off-peak periods. Under TOU rates, shifting activities that are energy-intensive to the less expensive mid-peak and off-peak hours will make a lot of sense,
  2. Reduce electricity use across all periods of the day. Conservation always makes good sense – and there are many simple things you can do.
  3. Ensure you’re not paying for nothing! Many electric items – including, for example, computers, TVs and cell phone chargers – aren’t fully off unless you pull the plug. So try to plug them into a power bar that you can turn off when it’s not in use.
  4. Opt for energy-efficient products, whenever you can. ENERGY STAR appliances and compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use less power, reducing your electricity consumption and helping you manage your costs.
  5. Take advantage of conservation programs Many utilities, and the Ontario Power Authority (OPA), are creating programs that can help you conserve. Call us – or visit saveONenergyontario.ca to find out more.