Peter Epp, London Free Press
Hydro One has issued 10 suggestions on how homeowners and others who use electricity to heat their homes can reduce their monthly bill. But not one of those tips mention the major reason electricity bills have risen the past year. Hydro One’s first tip is to ensure trim on windows, between the frame and the house, are filled and secure. “As much as 13% of your home’s heat loss could be escaping through the gaps,” Hydro One says.
Other tips suggest closing off air registers in unused parts of the house, moving furniture away from vents, and installing a programmable thermostat. Some tips are ridiculously obvious. “On sunny winter days, trap warm air inside by opening window coverings to let the warmth of the sun in,” Hydro One advises. “Once the sun goes down, close window coverings to help keep the warmth in..” All of this is wonderful, and perhaps necessary for some homeowners, but you have to wonder if these tips will make any appreciable difference in electricity bills that are rising not because of leaky windows or unfortunately-placed sofas, but because of the government’s bungling in what was once one of the best-managed public utilities anywhere. Read article