Hamilton could be in the midst of the biggest heat wave of the summer.
A heat warning is in effect for the city and could last through Friday, with temperature ranging between 30 and 40 degrees celsius.
Horizon Utilities Corporation says people can avoid a substantially high hydro bill with the following tips:
- Be mindful of Time-of-Use pricing periods.
- Set your air-conditioner to 25 degrees Celsius (77 Fahrenheit) during the day and when needed, lower it to 22 degrees Celsius (72 Fahrenheit) during off-peak hours.
- Setting A/C temperatures two degrees Celsius higher can save you up to 10% on your air conditioning costs.
- Set consumption or cost alerts for your account in MyAccount – you can receive email notifications when you are approaching your specific threshold.
- Use ceiling and portable fans to circulate cold air.
- Use a clothesline to dry your clothes instead of a dryer.
- Close your blinds or curtains during the day to reduce the sun’s heat coming in.
- Whenever possible – use the microwave, toaster oven or barbecue – instead of a stove.
- If possible put swimming pool pumps on a timer to run after 7 pm during the night instead of peak times 11 am to 5 pm.