Frigid winter weather increases the demand on Hydro Westmount’s electrical grid, potentially leading to overloaded circuits and power interruptions. Furthermore, heavy penalties are charged to the City of Westmount for over-consumption. That is why Hydro Westmount asks customers to reduce electricity use each time the temperature dips below -18oC, especially during these peak periods:
- Morning: from 6 to 9 a.m.
- Evening: from 4 to 8 p.m.
Delay using major appliances until after these periods, particularly those requiring hot water like dishwashers and laundry machines. It is sustainable and cost-effective to reduce energy consumption during intense cold weather.
For more information about peak consumption, consult the Winter electricity use page on the Hydro Quebec website.