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Kenora Hydro will help you save electricity, save money and help the environment with energy efficient conservation programs in conjunction with IESO.

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Living Green. Saving energy at home is a lifestyle.

Learn how you can join your neighbours and cut back on daily energy use. Download coupons, and sign up for conservation programs for your home or business. Visit saveONenergy.

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Energy Usage

HOW ENERGY IS USED IN ONTARIO HOMES* FOR AN ANNUAL ENERGY BILL OF $2,000**
Space heating 57-62% $1,425 – $1,550
Water heating 20-21% $500 – $525
Appliances 12-13% $300 – $325
Lighting 4-5% $100 – $125
Cooling 0-7% $0 – $250

* Many factors can affect your annual energy bill, such as size and location of your home, yearly variations in weather, efficiency of your furnace and other appliances, thermostat settings, number of occupants and the local cost of energy.
** Source: Data for Ontario, 2004-Office of Energy Efficiency, Natural Resources Canada and Statistics Canada.

Conservation Tips

The demand for electricity continues to rise, without a corresponding rise in supply. As a result, Ontario is forced to import electricity from neighbouring provinces and states at inflated prices in order to meet demand. The Ontario government is currently working on increasing the number of generation facilities in Ontario, however with their promise to close all of the coal-fired generating stations by 2007 in order to reduce pollution, most of this new generation will just replace the generation that will be lost by these closures. As a result, the government is encouraging consumers to reduce their electrical consumption wherever possible in order to help reduce demand.

There are many ways to reduce electricity demand:

  • set the temperature in your refrigerator for only as cold as necessary
  • wash clothes in cold water instead of warm or hot
  • only run the dishwasher when it is completely full
  • turn off power to computers and stereo equipment when not in use.
  • take advantage of current energy conservation incentive programs

Some suggestions to keep cool in the summer are:

  • closing curtains and blinds during the day to keep the sun out, which will keep rooms cooler
  • using ceiling fans instead of air conditioners to cool rooms
  • barbecue or use the microwave instead of using the oven.

Suggestions to keep warm in the winter are:

  • seal around windows and doors to keep the cold air out
  • use a programmable thermostat and set the temperature a few degrees lower when you will not be in the house
  • clean all air vents to allow maximum furnace air flow

Friday, November 3, 2017

Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation is providing free block heater timers this holiday season

Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd. is giving an early holiday gift for those looking to save on energy and their electricity bill over the winter months. Today, the utility announced its Block Heater Timer program. The new initiative offers a free block heater timer to Kenora Hydro customers, to help them save energy while plugging in their vehicles.

“Winter can be hard on your vehicle and your electricity bill. Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation encourages families and home owners to be energy conscious and through this program we aim to provide a new solution to help you save energy and dollars on your electricity bill and avoid that chilly trip out to your vehicle to go plug it in, first thing in the morning or late at night,” says, Dave Sinclair, President & CEO, Kenora Hydro Electric Corporation Ltd.

A block heater timer can reduce energy consumption and save program participants up to $25 a year on winter bills. There are also several benefits for your vehicle. Jason Ramage, Service Manager at Done-Rite Tire & Auto explains that a block heater keeps your engine warm. “It helps protect several parts and components of your vehicle and makes it easier to get it started, so a timer is very useful. You don’t need to have your vehicle plugged in all day long; that is one of the biggest misconceptions for vehicle owners during the winter months. A service technician would recommend plugging in your vehicle four hours before you need to go somewhere, and you only need to use your block heater when the temperature drops to -15°C.”

The new Save on Energy Block Heater Timer program is a pilot project originating in Northwestern Ontario. It is also being offered by local electricity utilities in Atikokan, Fort Frances and Sioux Lookout.

To receive a free block heater timer, simply make an appointment by calling 1-888-855-3106 or by email at BHTPilot@greensaver.org. An Energy Advisor will come to your home to install the block heater timer all free of charge.

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