Energy+ customers often feel extreme heat during the summer months of July and August. When this happens Environment Canada issues extreme heat warnings for Central and Southern Ontario when temperatures are expected to exceed 30 degrees Celsius.

Increased Energy Use = Higher Summer Bills

Customers who used air conditioning units, dehumidifiers and backyard pools often notice a substantial increase in electricity usage in the summer months, even if they set AC thermostats to a moderate temperature between 24 degrees Celsius (74 degrees Fahrenheit) and 26 degrees Celsius (78 degrees Fahrenheit), as recommended.

Customers whose only large electronic appliances are refrigerators or freezers have noticed an increase in electricity use because such appliances have to work harder to maintain set cooling/freezing temperatures.

To view and compare your hourly, monthly, yearly electricity consumption data in real-time, log into or register for My Account Online.

View IESO Kilowatt Way calculator for tips on how to reduce your energy consumption.

Summer Energy-Saving Tips

Here are some ways customers can reduce their energy consumption when the next heat dome arrives:

  • The same insulation in your attic that keeps you warm in winter also keeps you cool in summer - make sure you add attic vents so that hot air can escape.
  • Use curtains or blinds to shade windows. Consider installing awnings as well.
  • Whenever possible, use the microwave, toaster oven or barbecue instead of the stove. Cooking with glass dishes reduces cooking time by 10%.
  • Use ceiling or portable fans to help circulate cooled air.
  •  Put a timer on room air conditioners if there is no one at home during the day.
  • If you have central air conditioning, maintain the temperature at a higher but still comfortable setting.
  • Install a programmable thermostat. Set it to turn off the A/C when you leave for the day and turn back on before you return home.
  • Put your swimming pool pump on a timer or turn it off on cooler summer nights.
  • Use a solar blanket to keep swimming pool water warm overnight, to reduce evaporation and to heat the pool during the day.
  • Clean or replace furnace filters, and regularly maintain central air units.
  • For those who have unfinished basements, close the vents and open the door to let cool air flow up.

Water Conservation Tips

For County of Brant customers who are billed for their water through Energy+, please contact the County of Brant Water Services for information on conservation tips to help reduce your bill.