Heat Wave Conservation & Safety Tips

As we enter into this well-deserved long weekend make sure you’re ready to handle the heat.

Ontario is beginning a week long heat wave that will surely impact electricity demand on the grid.  During times of extreme heat overall usage climbs due to air conditioners, dehumidifiers and pools.  Conversely, our refrigerators and freezers work harder to maintain cooler temperatures.

What you may end of with next month is a higher bill due to the warmer weather.  Oshawa Power is sharing these tips to help keep your bills lower:

  • Instead of using a clothes dryer – hang your clothes outside
  • Close your blinds or curtains to block the sun’s heat from coming inside
  • Instead of using your air conditioner, open your windows and turn on your bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans to circulate the air
  • Use a programmable thermostat for times that you are away
  • Turn on the ceiling fans and portable fans
  • Use a timer on your pool pump and run in the off peak times
  • Don’t stand in front of an open fridge looking for a snack, try to keep the cool air in

Venturing outside this weekend to celebrate Canada Day?  Remember these heat safety tips:

  • Stay hydrated! Keep cool drinks with you while outside or in the car if you are travelling somewhere
  • Cool down in the shade or cooling centres. If you’re at a pool, take a dip to cool off.
  • Be aware of the weather forecast, heat alerts and air quality reports
  • Check on vulnerable family members or neighbours to make sure they are ok
  • NEVER – leave your children or pets in a parked car

If you like to learn more about conservation or more safety tips please visit www.opuc.on.ca/conservation

www.opuc.on.ca/safety-and-outages/