Electricity consumption during periods of intense cold weather

To help manage extreme demand during very cold weather, particularly when the temperature goes below -18 Celsius, Hydro Westmount asks its customers to reduce their electricity use during peak periods weekdays, 6 a.m. to 9 a.m., and 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Where possible, please delay using major appliances, particularly dryers and dishwashers, until after these peak periods.

Why is it important to reduce electricity during these peak periods?

Prolonged frigid weather, particularly when combined with wind, amplify the demand on the electrical distribution network, potentially leading to overloaded circuits and power interruptions. In addition, heavy penalties are charged to the City of Westmount for over-consumption during peak periods. By reducing peak consumption, you help improve the management of the electrical load, and reduce costs to the City.

For more information about peak consumption, consult the Intense Cold Weather page in the Hydro Westmount section.