Frequently Asked Questions

 

 

I received a message about a planned power interruption. What does this mean?

You may receive an email and/or a text/SMS from Hydro Ottawa regarding planned power interruptions scheduled for your address (service address). Automated telephone calls will continue for some customers.  

Notifications are sent to the telephone number and email address that we have on file for your account. They will only be sent when a power interruption is scheduled for your service address.

These messages do not demand payment or offer a refund.

These notifications are for informational purposes only. Please do not reply to these notifications, replies are not monitored. 

If you have any questions, contact us for assistance.

How do I report a power outage, or find details about an ongoing power outage?

To report a power outage, submit your report online (login required), through the Hydro Ottawa App or call our 24/7 outage line at 613-738-0188. You must be a current Hydro Ottawa customer to report an outage online.

Information on current outages is available here.

If you spot a downed power line, keep a distance of at least 10 meters (33 feet or the length of a school bus), call 911, and report the damage to Hydro Ottawa.

How can I update my billing address?

To update your billing (mailing) address without changing your service address, please contact a Customer Service representative online or by telephone at 613-738-6400. You can also do it via your MyAccount.

Do I qualify for the Ontario Electricity Rebate?

On November 1, 2019, the Ontario government introduced the Ontario Electricity Rebate (OER) under the Ontario Ontario Rebate for Electricity Consumers Act, 2016. The Ontario Electricity Rebate reduces the pre-HST costs on customers’ bills by 11.7%.

Low-volume consumers with a monthly demand less than 50kW or consumption less than 250,000 kWh are automatically eligible.

The following customer types are eligible:

  • Low volume accounts (meaning the account has a demand for electricity of 50 kilowatts or less, or uses not more than 250,000 kilowatt hours of electricity per year); this includes residential and many small business customers;
  • Farms;
  • Long-term care homes; and
  • *Multi-unit complexes that are predominantly residential, such as condominium and apartment buildings.

*Multi-unit complexes that are predominantly residential, such as condominium and apartment buildings must complete and submit the OER Self-Declaration form to Hydro Ottawa to attest their eligibility.

For a definition of all of the above terms please refer to the OER Self-Declaration form.

Did you know? If your account is a low volume account, such as ‘’residential and small business customers’’ or relates to a farm or a long-term care home, you don’t need to sign up to receive the rebate. The rebate is applied automatically to your Hydro Ottawa bill each month.

If you have one of these accounts but you are not already receiving the OER, please contact us. If you are not sure whether you are already receiving the OER, check your last Hydro Ottawa bill.

Effective July 1, 2022, the Ontario government is expanding eligibility for some residential and other low volume consumers:

  • Common areas in individually metered multi-unit complexes that contain at least 50 per cent residential units, such as condominiums;
  • Retirement residences that are not long-term care homes, but do not meet eligibility criteria as a residential multi-unit complex; and
  • Residential mobile home parks.

For a definition of the above terms please refer to the OER Self-Declaration form or Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s).

Notice Requirements

In order to receive the OER, consumers who now qualify under the expanded eligibility requirements will need to submit the OER Self-Declaration Form to Hydro Ottawa in which you attest your eligibility.

We recommend that you use the fillable PDF form to submit your request.

  • Email:[email protected]
    • most efficient way to process your request
  • Fax: 613-738-6403; Attention: Customer Service
  • Mail: Hydro Ottawa, PO Box 8700, Ottawa, ON K1G 3S4; Attention: Customer
There used to be an online account feature called ‘Predict My Bill’. Is it still available?
Yes, the ‘Predict My Bill’ feature is still available through your online account under Billing.
Where can I find my bill online?

Your bill is available through your online account. If you don't have one yet, registration is easy – it takes just a few minutes.

How do I sign-up for equal monthly billing?

You can register for equal monthly billing by enrolling in our Equal Monthly Payment Plan.

The Equal Monthly Payment Plan (EMPP) is available with and without Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) withdrawals.

Once you have enrolled, your equal monthly payment will be due or automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the due date indicated on your bill. If you require a fixed due date or payment withdrawal date, you may request the fifth of every month.

You can register for EMPP online. In order to register, log in to MyAccount. If you don’t have an online account, create one today. All you need is a valid email address. Log in or register for MyAccount and select “Manage payment plan”.

Some conditions apply. More information about this payment plan is available here.

How do I report a payment?

To report a Hydro Ottawa electricity bill payment, contact us by telephone at 613 738-6400 or by email.

If you wish to report a service invoice or layout payment, contact us by email at [email protected] with your name, 20 digit Reference Number and payment amount.

Can a credit balance be refunded?

Credit balances may be refunded by cheque.

If you have closed an account with a credit balance, a refund will automatically be issued 21 business days after we prepare your final bill. A cheque will be sent by mail to the billing address or the forwarding address listed on your account.

Balances of less than $5.00 will not be returned by mail.

Hydro Ottawa may transfer the credit to another active account under the same name.

I am in the process of preparing my yearly tax return. How can I get copies of my electricity bills from last year?

Billing and usage data is available through your online account, free of charge, for up to two years’ worth of data. Hydro Ottawa is able to send bill copies, or other financial reports. There is a fee, however, to prepare and send these documents.

Why is my last payment not appearing through my online account?

Your online account is updated as payments are received. Payments may take up to five business days to be applied, depending on the method of payment.

What happens if there isn’t enough money in my account to cover my PAP withdrawal?

If a pre-authorized payment is returned due to non-sufficient funds (NSF), a Returned Payment *Charge plus any bank charges will be applied to your account. These charges will be withdrawn on your subsequent due date, at the same time as your monthly payment.

If you cannot pay the balance owing, your payment plan will be suspended until your account is up to date.

If you need help paying your bill, financial assistance programs are available. Give us a call and we’ll find one that works for you. 

*Please refer to our “Other Charges” page for a list of charges and fees that may appear on your Hydro Ottawa bill.

I’d like my bill payment to be automatically deducted from my bank account. How can I make this happen?

You can register for Pre-Authorized Payment (PAP) online. You will first need to set up an online account.

If you don’t have an online account, create one today. All you need is a valid email address. Log in or register for MyAccount and select “Manage payment plan”.

If you experience a problem, contact us.

Can I make a payment in person at your office?

Hydro Ottawa does not accept payments in person. We do, however, offer many other options to allow you to make simple, on-time payments.

If your account is at risk of disconnection, please submit your payment at a financial institution, and forward the receipt (proof of payment) by email to [email protected].

Does Hydro Ottawa offer an automated Credit Card payment option?

Hydro Ottawa offers automated payment plans where the amount due is automatically withdrawn from your bank account on the due date. While credit card payments are an accepted payment method, they are a one-time payment option at this time.

How do I pay my bill?

Hydro Ottawa offers many different options to allow you to make simple, on-time payments. Choose the method that’s most convenient for you.

Why am I not receiving my online bill notifications?

First, ensure that you are enrolled in online billing by navigating to the Billing section of your online account.

Most of the time, your online bill notification (email) has been accepted by your service provider. Problems with delivery are most often associated with spam/junk mail settings as well as internet security and anti-virus applications. How your email, internet security or anti-virus applications are configured may determine if your online bill notification can be successfully delivered.

To correct this, we recommend adding @hydroottawa.com to your 'Safe List'.

If you have recently changed or modified your email address, but did not update your online profile:

  • Sign in to your online account;
  • Once logged in, click Profile;
  • Update your email address and click Update.
Is the online bill exactly like my paper bill?

Yes, with one exception. You cannot print out your bill and take it to your financial institution or mail it to Hydro Ottawa for payment.

What software do I need to see my online bill?

You can access your online bill from any web browser that supports 128 bit encryption.

  • Google Chrome (recommended)
  • Microsoft Internet Explorer 11+ or Edge
  • Mozilla Firefox
  • Apple Safari

To check the encryption level on your browser, click 'Help', 'About', and it will be listed.

Will I continue to receive a paper bill in the mail?

No. Once you have registered for online billing, you’ll receive an email notification when your next bill is available. You will, however, be able to print or save your online bill at your convenience.

How do I cancel my online billing registration?

If you would like to cancel your online billing registration, contact us by telephone at 613 738-6400. A Customer Service representative will assist you.

How do I sign up for online billing?

Registration takes just a few minutes. First you need to create an online account. Once this is complete, all you need is a valid email address.

Register for an online account

What is online billing?

Online billing is a convenient, secure and environmentally friendly way to view your electricity bill. Once you have registered for MyAccount, you will receive an email notification (to the email of your choice) when your bill is ready for viewing. You can pay your online bill by telephone or online through your financial institution, or by enrolling in an automated payment plan.

I generate my own electricity. Why can’t I see how much I have generated on my online account?

Your online account (MyAccount) only shows how much electricity you have consumed. It currently does not show what has been generated. If you wish to inquire about your electricity generation please submit your request to us via our contact us form.

Why is my account locked for security reasons?

If you receive a message that your account has been locked, it may be that an incorrect password has been attempted more than six times. As a security measure, your account has been locked for 24-hours. Should you require access prior to the end of the 24-hour period, a Customer Service representative would be happy to unlock your account for you at 613-738-6400.

Are all computers safe to use?

Computer security experts advise that you may put your information at risk when you use a public computer for personal business. While Hydro Ottawa uses numerous security measures to protect your personal information on our website, the use of public computers may compromise the security of your information. Public computers include those in schools, libraries, and internet cafés.

For maximum security, you may want to avoid using public computers when enrolling or modifying your personal or banking information.

How is my personal and financial information kept safe?

We use several methods to ensure that your information is secure:

  • Your email and password are unique identifiers that only you know. This information is personal and confidential and should not be shared.
  • We use SSL (secure socket layers) which ensures that your connection and information are secure from outside inspection.
  • We use 128 bit encryption to make your information unreadable as it passes over the Internet.
  • We automatically sign you out of a session if it is inactive for 20 minutes.
Why does the content on my online account profile page not display correctly?

Hydro Ottawa makes every effort to ensure that access to your online account is up to date with emerging technology. There may be web browsers, however, that are not compatible. We encourage you to refer to information provided by your web browser for help with troubleshooting and known product issues. To ensure you are also receiving an optimal browsing experience, we suggest upgrading to the latest version of your browser.

When I try to view the Usage section of my online account, the page doesn’t load. What could be the problem?

We are continuously working to improve the online account experience and resolve any technical issues.

If you’re having trouble viewing your usage, it may be an error related to Internet Explorer or Safari.

To work around this issue, try logging into your account and viewing your usage through Google Chrome or Firefox.

If this does not fix the issue, please contact us.

How do I add an additional account to my existing online account (MyAccount)?

Adding an additional account to your existing online account with Hydro Ottawa can be completed online.

  1. Login to your existing online account.
  2. Click on the ‘Add account’ icon.
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    Add Account Button - EN

If you experience any difficulty adding or removing an account, contact us.

Can anyone who has my email address access my online account?

No. In order for someone to access your account through the app or our website, they need your password. We have security measures in place to safeguard your online account. For instance, consecutive failed login attempts result in the user's online account being locked.

I previously logged in to my online account with a username. Why do I have to login with my email address now?

We made this change because one of the most common complaints with our website was related to the login system. Customers were forgetting their username and having trouble retrieving their password.

To make the process even easier, you can now sign in using your Facebook or Google account. Once your Facebook or Google account is linked to your online account, signing in can be done with just one click.

When will my new password be activated?

Your password is active immediately after you reset it.

What if I forget my password?

If you have forgotten your password, go to the online account page and click "Reset password”. Enter your email address and an email will be sent to you to reset your password.

What are the options available for electricity supply?

You have two options for electricity supply.

You can buy electricity from Hydro Ottawa through the Regulated Price Plan (RPP) where prices are set by the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), or sign a contract with a company that sells electricity, also known as an electricity retailer.

If you buy your electricity under the RPP, there are  different types of price plan to choose from: Time-of-use (TOU), Tiered, or Ultra-low overnight (ULO) rates.

Time-of-Use (TOU) – TOU has three price periods, and you pay a different rate for electricity depending on the time of day and day of the week you consume it. Prices are highest during on-peak, when energy demand and cost is high, medium during mid-peak, when energy demand and cost is moderate, and lowest during off-peak when energy demand and cost is low.

Ultra-Low Overnight (ULO) – Similar to TOU rates, under ULO, the price depends on when you use electricity. ULO has an additional price period, different set of rates and offers an ultra-low overnight rate in exchange for a higher on-peak rate. This plan is in large part intended to incent customers to use electricity during periods of low demand (ultra-low overnight and weekend off-peak) and shift away from on-peak hours when electricity is expensive and in high demand.

Tiered rates – Under tiered rates, you can use a certain amount of electricity each month at a lower rate up to a predetermined kilowatt-hour (kWh) amount called a ‘’threshold’’. Once you exceed the monthly threshold, you are billed at a higher rate per kWh for all additional electricity used in that month.

Residential and small business customers are automatically part of the RPP unless they choose to purchase their electricity from an electricity retailer.

How do I choose my electricity rate plan?

If you have your electricity supplied by Hydro Ottawa through the RPP and want to change your rate plan, you must notify Hydro Ottawa by completing a rate selection form.

Starting October 13, 2023, customers who wish to switch to ULO rates can submit their rate selection form three ways:

  • By email at: [email protected]
  • Over the phone by calling: 613-738-6400
  • By printing the completed form and sending it to us by mail.

Starting October 15, 2023, customers will also be able to change rate plans online, through Hydro Ottawa’s MyAccount customer portal.

Where can I find more information to help me make a decision?

You can visit our electricity rate selection web page and read our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s). Alternatively, you can also contact us online or by phone at 613-738-6400.

The Ontario Energy Board also has information on the Customer Choice program available at oeb.ca/choice.

Are there any tools available to help me compare rate plans?

There are two different online tools available to help customers make a choice and compare TOU, tiered, and ULO rate plans.

Hydro Ottawa’s rate plan comparison tool is available for MyAccount customers and automatically uses your consumption data to show you the electricity cost difference (in percentage) under TOU or Tiered prices for your account. 

Currently, ULO rates are not available in the MyAccount rate plan comparison tool. If you wish to compare your costs using ULO rates, please use the OEB bill calculator.

Hydro Ottawa’s online tool is easy-to-use. Simply follow these steps:

  • Log into MyAccount
  • Choose ‘’Manage Rate Plan’’ option;
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    Manage Rate Plan Screenshot (english)

More information on Hydro Ottawa’s online tool is available in our Rate Options FAQs.

If you are not yet registered to MyAccount, but wish to use this tool, you can sign up today at hydroottawa.com/myaccount.

A second one is available through the Ontario Energy Board’s (OEB) website. The OEB’s bill calculator will help you compare your estimated monthly bill under TOU, ULO or Tiered prices.

These tools are designed to provide customers with an estimate on whether they may benefit financially from making a switch to a different rate plan. The tools are intended to act as a guide only, and actual differences will depend on usage and consumption patterns within any billing period.

Is there a deadline to switch rate plan?

There is no deadline to change rate plan. If you don’t wish to make a change, there is nothing you need to do. You’ll continue to be billed under your current rate plan. The option to change will always be available.

I’ve requested a rate change. When will my new rate plan become effective?

Your rate change request will be processed up to 10 business days after receiving your Rate Selection Form. Once your form has been fully processed, your new rate plan will take effect on the first day of your next billing period or the following one, depending on where you are in your billing period.

For example:
If your billing period is from November 15 to December 14, and you requested to change your rate plan on November 24, your new rate plan will be effective on December 15.

When should I change my electricity consumption patterns to match my new rate plan?

The date on which you should start using electricity based on your new rate plan is the first day of your billing period on your new rate plan. 

If I don’t like the rate plan that I chose, can I switch back?

Yes, following the prescribed process and timelines, you can change your rate plan at any time.

Note: If you have already submitted a rate change request, you need to wait until this initial request has been fully processed before submitting another one.

I have electric heat. How will this impact my bill? What about my other appliances, which run all day?

As a general rule, electric heating operates more often at night when the temperature drops. This is also when electricity is the cheapest.

In a 168-hour week, only 30 to 40 hours (depending on season) are at On-Peak times. There are nearly three-times as many hours at Off-Peak rates.

What are the peak times under the time-of-use rate plan?

From May 1 to October 31

  • Off-Peak (7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all day weekends and holidays)
  • Mid-Peak (7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)
  • On-Peak (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

From November 1 to April 30

  • Off-Peak (7 p.m. to 7 a.m. and all day weekends and holidays)
  • Mid-Peak (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.)
  • On-Peak (7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.)

For more information, visit the time-of-use page.

What’s the difference between Time-of-Use and Ultra-Low Overnight (ULO)?

ULO has an additional price period, different set of rates and offers an ultra-low overnight rate in exchange for a higher on-peak rate. ULO has a 68 per cent lower overnight rate (compared to TOU off-peak) offered every day between 11 p.m. and 7 a.m., and a 59 per cent higher on-peak rate between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. (compared to TOU on-peak hours) on weekdays.

Is the Ultra-Low Overnight (ULO) a good rate option for me?

This plan is in large part intended for customers who can shift their electricity use to periods of low demand, away from on-peak hours. 

What are the peak times under the ULO rate plan?
  • Ultra-low overnight (everyday 11 p.m.to 7 a.m.)
  • Mid-peak (weekdays 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. to 11 p.m.)
  • On-peak: (weekdays 4 p.m.to 9 p.m.)
  • Weekend off-peak: (weekends and holidays 7 a.m.to 11 p.m.)

For more information, visit the Ultra-Low Overnight page

What happens if I exceed the monthly threshold?

Tiered rates give you the flexibility to use electricity at any time of day at the same price, but that rate will go up if you exceed the threshold during the month.

For more information, visit the tiered rates page.

What are the thresholds under the tiered rate plan?

The threshold changes with the season to reflect changing usage patterns – for example, there are fewer hours of daylight in the winter and some customers use electric heating. 

In the winter period (November 1 – April 30), the tier threshold for residential customers is 1,000 kWh

In the summer period (May 1 – October 31), the tier threshold for residential customers is 600 kWh

The tier threshold for small business customers is 750 kWh all year round.
 

What price do I pay if I’ve signed a contract with an electricity retailer company?

For customers that have signed up for a contract with an electricity retailer, the price is set out in the contract which is not regulated by the Ontario Energy Board.

An electricity retailer contract covers only some parts of your bill. You will continue to pay other charges to Hydro Ottawa regardless of whether you sign a contract with an electricity retailer. 
 

How do I know if I have a contract with an electricity retailer?
If you have a contract with an electricity retailer, your electricity retailer’s name and phone number will be listed in the ‘’For You Information’’ box of your electricity bill.

Why am I unable to view my Time-of-Use information after I close my account?

Once you close your account, you may still view up to two years of electricity consumption based on your regular bill intervals. Time-of-use information is only available for active accounts.

Why does my account no longer show time-of-use information?

Time-of-use information will only appear if your online account is active.

If you’ve closed your electricity account and moved to a new location within our service territory, you can add your new electricity account to your existing online account profile. This will allow you to view Time-of-use data for your new electricity account. You will continue to have access to previous consumption and billing information.

What if some of my consumption isn't appearing in my account history?

Occasionally there may be communication difficulties between your meter and Hydro Ottawa's meter data collectors. Metering data is stored within your meter and may be collected once the connection is re-established. Contact us if this problem persists.

Why does my most recent consumption change a few days later under the time-of-use rate plan?

Recent consumption data is considered "unbilled usage" because it has not yet been validated by the provincial Meter Data Management and Repository (MDM/R). The MDM/R is a common platform for processing, storing and managing all Smart Meter data within Ontario. Once your consumption data has been validated and obtained from the MDM/R, the values may change.

The following message appears on all time-of-use pages: 

*Note: Unbilled electricity consumption has not been loss-adjusted and may contain estimated data.

How can I read my meter?

Your meter displays the following pieces of information in sequence:

  • A segment test where all parts of the display are turned on at once to ensure they are still functioning
  • Your kWh consumption in a five-digit format
  • A communications network address identification number for Hydro Ottawa’s use.

I just opened an account with Hydro Ottawa. When will I receive my first bill?

Hydro Ottawa issues bills on a monthly basis and you will receive your first bill within four to six weeks of opening an account. 
 
New accounts are subject to an Account Set-up Charge. This charge also applies when a customer moves from one address to another.

I wish to close or transfer an active account on behalf of someone else. How should I proceed?

If you wish to close or transfer an active account on behalf of someone else (i.e. deceased relative, family member or close friend) please contact us at 613 738-6400 and our customer service representatives will be happy to assist and work with you. Due to strict privacy guidelines, we will ask you to provide important documentation such as the following.

  • The account number and name of the account holder;
  • Your relationship to the deceased; and
  • A copy of proof of executor or Power of Attorney documentation.

Please note that if you wish to transfer and take responsibility for the active account yourself, you must be listed as the secondary account holder.

I have a credit balance on my closed account. Can it be transferred to another account or will it be returned to me?

A credit balance on a closed account may be transferred to another account under the same name to pay off outstanding balances. If there is no outstanding balance and the credit is $5 or greater, it will be returned to the account holder via a cheque to the new mailing address 21 days after the final bill has been issued. Please allow an additional 10 days to receive it.

 

I am an Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP) recipient and I’m closing my account. Will my OESP credit balance be returned to me?

If you are receiving support through OESP, your final credit will be prorated depending on the number of days of service and any remaining credit will be returned to the Program as OESP is not a cash commodity.

If you have a credit balance due to payments from other financial support programs such as Ontario Works (OW) or Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP), we will work directly with that agency to determine if you are eligible for a refund.

I’ve entered into an Arrears Payment Agreement with Hydro Ottawa and I’m closing my account. When will my remaining balance become payable?

If you’ve entered into an Arrears Payment Agreement, it will be cancelled and any remaining balance will be applied to your final bill and become due.

I am registered to the Equal Monthly Payment Plan (EMPP) and closing my account. Will my account be reconciled?

Yes, if you are an EMPP customer, your account will be reconciled and any credits owed or outstanding charges will be applied to your final bill.

I am moving and closing my account with Hydro Ottawa. When will my final bill be ready?

Your final bill will be ready approximately 3 weeks after your last day of service and will include the charges up to the day your service ended.

I’m moving to a new address and no longer need the services of Hydro Ottawa. How do I close my account?

If you are moving out and want to end your Hydro Ottawa service and close your account, you will need to fill out our online moving request form at least 10 days in advance to let us know when you are moving out.

Even if you are registered for e-billing or have made arrangements to forward your mail, we will require your new mailing address so we can arrange to send you your final bill or a cheque if you have a credit balance.

Can I reactivate an old account at a new address?

We cannot reactivate an old account at a new address. Each account number is unique.. The first 10 digits represent the customer or account holder and the last 10 digits represent the premise. The number can be found on your electricity bill and online account.

 
What should I do if I’m moving to a new address?

If you’re moving to a new address within Hydro Ottawa’s service territory, you will need to fill out our online moving request form at least 10 days in advance.

Can I download my electricity consumption history?

Yes, we make it easy to view, monitor and download your electricity consumption. We offer a variety of options which provide you with 24/7 access to your usage information.

MyAccount provides you access to a personalized Usage Portal which allows you to visually compare your energy usage history broken down by year, billing period, 24hr period, and more.

1 - Login or register to MyAccount; and

2 - Click on the Usage icon.

You can also download your consumption data from the Billing section of MyAccount. 

1 - Login or register to MyAccount;

2 - Click on the Billing icon;

3 - Hover over the Usage drop down menu; and

4 - Choose Download My Data.

You will then have the option to select your viewing interval (i.e. hourly, daily, monthly, and billing period), and date range. Once you have made your selections, you can export the data to a PDF or Excel document.

You can also download the Hydro Ottawa mobile app to access your electricity usage charts from the palm of your hand.

My 'Always On' usage is really high. Is that normal?

Possibly. Depending on the home, ‘Always On’ usage can represent 15% to 50% of a home’s monthly electricity use.

What is 'Always On'?

‘Always On’ is a term for the devices in your home that are consuming electricity whether you are using them or not. You may have heard of it referred to as ‘vampire loads,’ ‘phantom loads,’ or ‘base loads.’ ‘Always On’ includes personal computers, monitors, printers, gaming consoles, phone chargers, stereos, televisions and cable boxes.

Why do I see a neighbourhood comparison for some of the appliances in the breakdown but not others?

We are able to determine the consumption of certain appliances including Furnace, ‘Always On’, Pool Pump and Cooling directly from usage data provided by your electricity meter. This allows us to provide you with a neighbourhood comparison. The remaining appliances are determined using rule-based techniques and that comparison is not possible. More information is available to help you better understand what each category includes.

How much detail does the appliance breakdown provide?

We breakdown your usage into as many as 12 appliance categories. You can track the usage of each category over the course of the year and see how they change based on season, weather and your behaviour. We identify the categories that consume a large amount of electricity, like ‘Always On’, furnace, cooling and pool pump, based on the usage from your meter. Knowing this usage, we then use statistical data to estimate how much your other appliance categories, like laundry, cooking, lighting and entertainment, are consuming. In the end, through a combination of your actual usage and our rule-based model, we can compose a holistic picture of your total electricity consumption.

What is Appliance Breakdown and how does it work?

Appliance breakdown takes the electricity data provided by your meter and your appliance profile to categorize the usage of individual appliances. Each appliance uses electricity in a unique pattern - think of it like an appliance fingerprint. We detect and extract these “fingerprints” and use the data to provide useful insights and recommendations.

Do my neighbours see my electricity usage information? Is my personal information being shared with my neighbours? Can I get a list of neighbours that I’m compared to?

No, the ‘Neighbourhood Comparison’ does not reveal your specific electricity usage to your neighbours.

Personal information collected and used for this service was done in accordance with Hydro Ottawa’s Privacy Policy. You may visit this webpage or contact customer service with any questions you may have about the collection and use of personal information for this service.

Which neighbours are you comparing me to?

Our goal is to provide you with a comparison that is valid and meaningful. We do this by looking at other households in your area – homes that are geographically close to yours, based on postal code. So you may or may not be compared to your direct neighbours. We can also provide better insights and analytics if you update your home profile.

Why are you comparing me to my neighbours?

Experience shows that this type of comparison can help customers save electricity. It provides you with an idea of what you could potentially save. 

What is the ‘Neighbourhood Comparison’?

The ‘Neighbourhood Comparison’ is an insight that allows you to benchmark your electricity usage against that of similar homes in your residential area.

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