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Electric vehicle charging stations to be installed in the City
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
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
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
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.
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
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).
Stand up to standby power: 4 ways to reduce energy use
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
Find coupons for instant savings on the following products:
LED light bulbs
Advanced power bars
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.