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Environmental Commissioner lobbies for huge increase in energy costs

Environmental Commissioner lobbies for huge increase in energy costs

Leapfrog Lighting president, Stephen Naor, was recently interviewed by condo.ca, Canada’s condominium magazine, about the Ontario Environmental Commissioner’s energy conservation report.

In the report, the commissioner identifies the failure of Ontario residents to conserve energy during peak hours and suggests the province should increase the cost of electricity during those hours to pressure residents into making conservation a “top priority”.

Currently, the ratio between peak and off-peak is 2:1, but the commissioner is suggesting that ratio change to 5:1.

Naor discusses the cost savings benefits by switching to LED lighting, an energy-efficient technology that has the ability to render any potential increase insubstantial. To read the full article, see LED lighting: smart way for condo owners to beat rising energy costs.

Not only do LED bulbs use far less electricity than any other lighting technology, but they perform far better than the next best energy-friendly bulb, the CFL. LED bulbs are also far more environmentally friendly and emit a superior quality of light. For an in-depth comparison between LED and CFL, see 5 reasons why LED lamps are better than CFLs.

What are your thoughts on the commissioner’s strategy to conserve peak-hour energy use? If the cost of electricity does increase, what steps will you take to ensure your electricity bill remains manageable?

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