The majority of Ontario electricity users pay Time-of-Use (TOU) rates. Innisfil Hydro started charging time-of-use rates in June 1, 2011. If you currently purchase your electricity through a retailer, you will continue to follow the terms and price stated in your contract.
When we’re all using a lot of electricity at the same time, we create “peak demand” periods. Supplying electricity at those peak times has a range of impacts:
It adds to our electricity costs because higher demand leads to higher prices.
It is hard on the environment because meeting the peaks may require the building of additional electricity generation plants.
It adds to the amount of new generation, transmission and distribution infrastructure Ontario must build; and consumers must pay for.
It puts a strain on our electricity system.
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Simple changes to your regular routine can help smooth those peaks and create real supply and environmental benefits. There are three TOU rate periods:
- Off-peak - when demand for electricity is lowest. Ontario houseolds use the majority of their electrciity - nearly two thirds of it - during off-peak hours.
- Mid-peak - when demand for electricity is moderate. These periods are during the daytime, but not the busiest times of day.
- On-peak - when demand for electricity is highest. The busiest times of day. Generally when people are cooking, firing up their computers and running heaters or air conditioners.
The chart below shows the price you pay today for electricity at different times of the day.
Click Here to download the Summer 2013 Time-of-Use Price Periods Chart.
Click Here for Time-of-Use 2013 Holiday Pricing.
People use electricity differently depending on the season. The Ontario Energy Board has established two sets of peak prices. These prices only apply to weekdays. Electricity is off-peak all day on weekends and holidays throughout the year.
Take advantage of TOU rates by shifting some of your electricity use to off-peak or mid-peak times.
Your smart meter automatically records your household’s electricity consumption on an hourly basis so you can take advantage of TOU pricing. You can benefit from TOU rates by shifting some of your electricity use to off-peak or mid-peak periods when the rates are lower. Do laundry and dishwashing after 7 p.m. and on weekends to pay the lowest price.
Clothes Washing & Drying
Heating & Cooling
Around the House
Unplug battery chargers as soon as devices are fully charged or when the charger is not being used. Avoid charging batteries during peak periods.
Plug large-screen TVs, DVD players, game consoles and computer equipment into a power bar. Turn the power bar off when not in use.
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Visit 10 Smart Meter Lane to see the difference that shifting electricity use can make to your bill.
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