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Friday, September 23, 2016

Hydro Ottawa Sept Newslretter

Electric vehicle charging stations to be installed in the City

In Hydro Ottawa’s service area, approximately 20 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations will be installed at City of Ottawa facilities, transit parking lots, and popular retail places by March 2017.

EVs greatly assist in achieving climate change plans because they are two-to-five times more efficient in energy use than a gasoline or diesel-powered vehicle. The electricity produced in Ontario, and especially what’s flowing through Hydro Ottawa’s grid, is largely “green.”

Hydro Ottawa remains active in monitoring EV trends, supporting the City of Ottawa with EV plans and ensuring that our grid will continue to support the newly installed charging stations in the community.

Please visit our website for more information on electric vehicles.

Hydro poles: More than just wood and wires


Did you know a standard hydro pole weighs about 1985 lbs and has a lifespan of about 50 years?

These tall wooden structures line our streets and link our communities, but often fade into the background. Our latest video brings hydro poles to the forefront, highlighting the important function they play to bring power to our lives every day. It also explains how they work, including how electricity gets from the generating station to the poles to our homes and businesses.

Take a look at how these 50,000 pieces of critical infrastructure across the city make our lives easier every day and share with your community!

Upgrading CHEO's Critical Patient Monitors

Last March, nine-year-old Jack had a seizure and was rushed to the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO). A scan revealed a mass behind his left ear. Jack was under CHEO’s care for 24 days, had 31 hours of brain surgery, and is now back home with his family and twin brother, Ben.

Hydro Ottawa has once again teamed up with CHEO by way of an E-Billing campaign focused on upgrading CHEO’s critical (and paperless) patient monitors, which are used almost every minute of every day across almost all inpatient units. These important pieces of equipment measure a patient’s temperature, pulse, breathing rate and blood pressure, providing the medical team with ongoing information about the patient’s health – patients like Jack.

Hydro Ottawa will donate $5 to CHEO for every customer who switches to E-Billing by December 31 to help update its patient monitors.

Sign up for E-Billing now!

Shining a new light on the city: LED streetlights coming your way

Did you know, in 1885, Ottawa became the first city in the world to light all of its streets with electricity?

At Hydro Ottawa, we are always looking for ways to become more sustainable, which is one of the main reasons Energy Ottawa, an affiliate of Hydro Ottawa, is helping make our Nation’s Capital brighter, safer and greener.

You may have already noticed a change in the look, colour and brightness of the streetlights in your neighbourhood. Energy Ottawa is in the process of converting 58,000 streetlights across the city from traditional high-pressure sodium and metal halide lamps to new LED technology.

LEDs cost less to operate, consume far less energy, and provide enhanced quality of light on our streets for greater community safety at night. Greater control of light temperature and ambiance enables the city to use a warmer colour temperature for residential areas and a brighter illumination in commercial or high-traffic areas, making the streets safer and more visually appealing. Make sure to keep an eye out for changes coming to your street.

Once the LED conversion is complete in 2020, it is estimated that there will be a 55% reduction in energy usage. The City of Ottawa is expected to save approximately $4 million annually (equivalent to removing 2,500 homes from the electricity grid).

Click here for further information on the City of Ottawa streetlighting conversion and read more in this Ottawa Business Journal article.

Stand up to standby power: 4 ways to reduce energy use

Now that we are into the back-to-school and work season, many of us have packed away our bathing suits and are plugging in to TVs, laptops, tablets and other electronic devices. But did you know many of the electronics around your home, such as TVs, cable/satellite boxes, computers, chargers, and even coffee makers continue to draw power, even when turned off?

It’s called standby power, and it can add up to a significant amount. In fact, as much as 75% of the electricity used by home electronics is consumed when they are turned off. That’s a lot of wasted energy.

But not to worry -- reducing standby power is easy when you follow these simple tips:
  1. Plug in your home laptop, printer, modem and WiFi router into one power bar, then set the timer to be “off” while you’re at work and asleep. Maybe this equipment is only required for an hour or two in the evening.
  2. Plug your TV, DVD, cable box, game console and stereo into a power bar with auto-shutoff. It detects when one device is turned off and automatically shuts down power to other connected devices. When one is turned on, power is restored to all. Think of turning your TV off and cutting power to the cable box, DVD player, stereo, and game console. If you have a PVR that needs to stay on to record programs, use an advanced power bar that has an “always on” feature.
  3. Create a charging station by plugging cell phones, digital music players, power tools, etc. into a power bar with a timer and set it to run only at night. That gives enough time for chargers to reach full power, and be ready to use bright and early the next day.
  4. Plug coffee makers and other small kitchen appliances into power bars with timers so they are only on during hours you typically use them. Perhaps you really only use the toaster and coffee maker for an hour each morning.
Learn more about reducing standby power and other ways to save energy at hydroottawa.com/tips.

The Save on Energy Coupon Event is back!

From September 30 to October 30, Save on Energy Coupons will be available in-store at participating retailers. This is a great time to stock up on energy-saving products for your home, business, or office. With instant savings on a wide range of energy-efficient products, it’s easy to make simple changes to save money, reduce energy use, and improve the comfort of your home or business.

Find coupons for instant savings on the following products:
  • LED light bulbs
  • Advanced power bars
  • Weather stripping
  • Lighting controls and fixtures
  • And much more!
Participating retailers include The Home Depot, Lowe’s, Rona, Canadian Tire, Home Hardware and many more. For a complete list of participating retailers and available coupons, visit hydroottawa.com/coupons.

If you would like us to provide you with coupons to keep at your local community centre, or to share at your next meeting, please contact Lindsay Armstrong.