Hydro One encourages its customers to think about climate change by participating in Earth Hour

Mar 24, 2017

TORONTO, March 24, 2017 /CNW/ - On Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 8:30 p.m. Hydro One customers will join millions of people worldwide in conserving energy in support of Earth Hour. This year, Earth Hour is shining a light on climate action.

"Hydro One has been a proud supporter of Earth Hour since 2008 and works to balance its operational requirements while protecting the environment," said Greg Kiraly, Chief Operations Officer. "Earth Hour reminds us that when we unite, small actions can make a large impact on climate change."

In addition to turning out the lights for Earth Hour, Hydro One has tips for customers looking to reduce their electricity use.

  • Switch to a cold cycle when doing laundry. About 25 per cent of hot water in your home is used by the washer.
  • Choose the energy-saving or air drying cycle on your dishwasher
  • Unplug devices when not in use to reduce phantom or standby power. The average Canadian home has 25 or more electronic devices that contribute to phantom power, costing approximately $150 a year in electricity.
  • Make the switch to LED lights. LED bulbs use up to 75 per cent less energy and last up to 25 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to control the temperature when you are at home or away.
  • Use plug covers on unused electrical outlets that are on external walls. Up to 20 per cent of the air leakage in your home can happen through outlets.
  • Use a timer on outdoor lighting or consider motion sensor lighting.

Hydro One customers interested in finding out how much electricity consumption they reduced during  Earth Hour can sign up for the Time-of-Use portal at: www.HydroOne.com/MyAccount. This portal shows hourly usage every day of the year along with temperature. Reviewing hourly electricity use can help you target areas to save in your home either by unplugging unnecessary appliances or shifting usage to off-peak hours.

Hydro One has participated in Earth Hour since 2008, encouraging its employees to turn off lights at home and at work before leaving for the weekend. Hydro One will also turn off all non-essential electrical equipment at its facilities across the province, but will need to keep on some lighting for the safety of the public and workers.

About Hydro One Inc.:

Hydro One Inc. is a fully owned subsidiary of Hydro One Limited, Ontario's largest electricity transmission and distribution provider with more than 1.3 million valued customers, $25 billion in assets and annual revenues of over $6.5 billion. Our team of 5,500 skilled and dedicated employees proudly and safely serves suburban, rural and remote communities across Ontario through our 30,000 circuit km high-voltage transmission and 123,000 circuit km primary distribution networks. Hydro One is committed to the communities we serve, and has been rated as the top utility in Canada for its corporate citizenship, sustainability, and diversity initiatives. We are one of only four utility companies in Canada to achieve the Sustainable Energy Company designation from the Canadian Electrical Association. We also provide advanced broadband telecommunications services on a wholesale basis utilizing our extensive fibre optic network. Hydro One Limited's common shares are listed on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: H). For more information about everything Hydro One, please visit www.HydroOne.com.

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