Hydro usage records continue to be smashed as the big chill envelops Montreal. Once again, a new bar has been raised for consumption of electricity, and the utility company is asking consumers to avoid overwhelming the grid by not using large appliances during peak hours.The previous record for peak usage of 37,717 megawatts was surpassed Wednesday Jan 23 morning, at 38,900 megawatts, and Wednesday night usage went even higher, hitting the 39,120 mark. At the time of this new milestone, the temperature was minus 23C in Montreal. The usage numbers were expected to be even higher Thursday night.Washers, dryers and dishwashers use the most watts, and that’s why Hydro wants us to avoid using those appliances during the peak morning hours (7 to 9 a.m.) and the evening (4 to 8 p.m.).In a show of solidarity its family time; sale of heating devices is on the rise….
Feb 13, 2013