Toronto, ON, Canada — (METERING.COM) — April 26, 2010 – Hydro One customers across Ontario are saving more than 450 million kWh of electricity annually through conservation and demand management programs – enough to power approximately 38,000 homes for a year, resulting in greenhouse gas emission savings of more than 300,000 tonnes of CO2.
Giuliana Rossini, director of strategy and conservation officer of Hydro One, explains that this is being achieved through a a range of incentives to help customers save electricity and money, and ease strain on the provincial electricity grid during peak demand periods.
“Through our energy saving programs, we are working in partnership with our customers to promote a conservation culture in Ontario and at the same time help our customers reduce their electricity costs,” commented Rossini.
By the end of 2009 customers had disposed of almost 70,000 old, energy inefficient refrigerators, freezers, and air conditioners. Further over 25,000 customers, mostly residential, had chosen to have a free thermostat with load control capability installed in their homes, and over 13,000 customers had used the PowerSaverPlus online home energy audit tool and received tips on how to improve their home’s efficiency.
In addition over 4,500 small businesses had received a lighting audit and up to $1,000 for free lighting retrofits to their facility, and over 1,200 medium to large businesses had planned capital investments for energy efficiency upgrades and applied for rebates through the Electricity Retrofit Incentive Program (ERIP).