Learn about Ontario’s electricity system. Find out how you consume energy, ways to save energy and where your energy comes from.
Smart Meters and Time-of-Use Prices
Smarts meters and time-of-use pricing can help you manage your electricity costs.
Ontario introduced time-of-use pricing to reflect the costs of producing electricity at different times of the day. There are three time-of-use periods:
- Off-peak – when energy demand is low and less expensive sources of electricity are used
- Mid-peak – when the cost of energy and demand are moderate
- On-peak – when demand is highest and more expensive forms of electricity production are used.
Energy Usage and Your Bill
Electricity is measured in units called kilowatt-hours, or kWh. The number of kWh you are charged for is determined by your personal usage as read by your electricity meter.
The total amount on your electricity bill comes from 4 costs: your Electricity Use, Delivery, Regulatory, and Debt Retirement charges.
- What the Smart Grid is
- How your electricity bill is divided
- How to save money with the time-of-use clock or 10 Smart Meter Lane
- About your utility bill with a Bill Calculator from the Ontario Energy Board
- Incentive programs to save money at home
- Incentive programs to save money for your business
Conservation is the cleanest and lowest-cost energy resource and offers you a way to reduce your electricity bill.
If you use less energy at home, there is less need to generate, transmit and distribute electricity. You use less, so your bill is lower and there is less need for new electricity infrastructure.
Learn more about saving energy and Ontario`s commitment to conservation with these resources:
- Saving Energy for your Home
- Saving Energy for your Business
- SaveOnEnergy at Home
- Conservation First: A Renewed Vision for Energy Conservation in Ontario
Where Your Energy Comes From
Your electricity comes from a number of different sources including Nuclear, Natural Gas and various renewables.
The electricity you use in your home is made at a power station and travels through high voltage wires across the Province. A local power utility company turns this power into a lower voltage, safe for your home. The utility company then sends the electricity to you when you need it.
See more information on:
- How electricity is made
- What the Smart Grid is
- Ontario’s energy sources
- Clean energy and eliminating coal generation in Ontario
Interactive Energy Learning Tools and Games
How would you fill a gap in energy supply and demand? Or have you ever wanted to check when energy costs the most in Ontario? These games and tools can help you understand and explore Ontario’s energy system.
Ontario Energy Videos
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Energy Posters and Infographics
These posters and infographics can you help you understand energy supply and demand and more.