Just a heads up… The Hydro Ottawa Time of Use rate schedule has changed for the Winter months.
With time-of-use prices, customers pay prices that generally reflect the relative value of electricity supply at different times of the day. There are three periods – on-peak, mid-peak and off-peak. Prices are highest during on-peak, nearly double that of off-peak hours. The whole idea is to encourage households and small businesses to use electricity during lower-cost time periods. And it does add up.
During the summer, people use more hydro during the hottest part of the day, when air conditioners are running on high. In winter, with less daylight, electricity use peaks twice: once when people wake up in the morning and turn on their lights and appliances, and again when people get home from work, and the rates have been adjusted accordingly.
The off-peak hour schedule remains unchanged, so hold off on running the dishwasher and the laundry until after 7 PM and before 7 in the morning for the biggest savings.
Electricity used on weekends and holidays is charged the off-peak price during both the winter and summer periods. Here are the holidays when off-peak prices are in effect.
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