Did you know that there are a number of programs designed to help renters reduce hydro usage and in turn save on the cost of hydro?
How do I know if I’m eligible?
These programs have diﬀerent criteria – ranging from your age and income, to number of occupants in your home, to your average monthly utility costs. In some cases, these programs will assist with upgrades to your rental home (subject to Sifton’s approval). Simply visit the following websites to see if you qualify. If our approval is required please contact us, we are happy to assist.
This government of Ontario fund provides homeowners and renters with ways to save energy and hydro costs in their homes. For example, you may qualify for a Home Energy kit, a Home Energy audit, ENERGY STAR appliances or enhanced insulation. Check the video below!
LEAP (Low-income Energy Assistance Program).
The Ontario Energy Board also runs a program designed to assist if you’re having difficulty paying your utility bills. LEAP works with local utilities in London, Brantford and Guelph and many others across the province to provide financial assistance.
The Home Assistance Program
Provided by Save on Energy, you may be eligible to receive high-efficiency items in your rental home to save on hydro!
Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)
The Ontario Energy Board oﬀers this program for low-income families.
Save on Hydro the Smart Way!
Here are a few tips and tricks to help reduce and save.
- Monitor your hydro usage with a smartphone app that helps you track your highest usage time. Many residents have shared that the London Hydro app called My London Hydro has helped them save money on their monthly bills.
- Reduce phantom power. Keeping electronics like televisions, computers and phones plugged in all day draws electricity even if the devices aren’t in use. This is called phantom power. To reduce this, plug all of your electronic devices into a power bar, and turn the entire power bar off when you leave the house.
- Dishwashers. Running your dishwasher during off-peak hours can save you about half the cost of electricity as running it during peak hours. Use the air-dry setting or leave the door open to naturally dry the dishes.
- Laundry. About 25 percent of all household hot water is used for washing clothes. If you use cold water for washing and rinsing you could save enough energy for about 220 showers. Wait to do a full load of laundry, and do it only during off-peak hours or weekends to see even more savings.
- Microwave or toaster ovens vs. electric stove. If you need to reheat or cook something on the fly, microwaves and toaster ovens use 50 percent less electricity than an electric stove.
How is Sifton Reducing Energy?
- LED Exterior lighting in parking lots
- Sensor lighting in common areas of buildings to reduce lighting when the area is not in use
- Water saving toilets in select buildings
- Replacement of hot water tanks and appliances with Energy certified models
Check out these kid-friendly ways to reduce energy!
Want to engage your kids and encourage them to save energy at home?