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Green button data can track power consumption

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Families and businesses in Huron, Bruce, Gray and Perth counties can track and control their energy usage and save money on their monthly bills using Green Button data.

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Lisa Thompson, MP for Huron-Bruce, and Bill Walker, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, joined Energy Minister Todd Smith and Westario Power for a preview of new Green Button data on Feb. 18.

MPP Thompson said she was thrilled to announce that Green Button is coming to homes and businesses in our area. “Giving local consumers access to their real-time energy consumption data means they can take immediate action to reduce their energy consumption, reduce their environmental footprint and save money at the same time” , Thompson said.

MPP Walker praised the Westario team for being an early adopter of Ontario’s green button technology.
Access to energy data will allow local consumers to monitor and manage their energy usage, make smarter decisions and lower their monthly bills,” Walker said.

Todd Smith, Minister of Energy, said families and businesses want to be in control when it comes to their energy bills. “Green Button is part of our commitment to give consumers more choice when it comes to energy use and will enable easy, fast and secure access to their consumption data through smartphone or computer apps so they can find personalized advice to reduce their energy consumption or change the price of electricity plans to save money,” said Smith.

Studies have shown that access to energy data, which Green Button enables, along with smart home devices, can help consumers achieve energy savings of up to 18%. Ontario becomes the first province in Canada to impose the standard.

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Jenny Alfandary, President and CEO of Westario Power, said the announcement marks an important milestone for Westario Power. “We are strongly committed to modernizing our business and creating a solution that gives consumers choice, customers can reduce electricity costs so they can put their hard-earned money to work for them. Businesses large and small will also be able to use their consumer data to make strategic decisions focused on reducing costs and generating revenue,” Alfandary said.

The implementation of the Green Button standard comes as the Ontario government celebrates one year after providing consumers with Customer Choice rates. As of November 1, 2020, most families, small businesses, and farms can select a time-of-use (TOU) or tiered billing structure for their electricity usage.

Over the past year, more than 280,000 electricity customers in Ontario have used this choice to better manage their electricity bills by changing their rate plan for a better fit. Green Button provides families and businesses with the information they need to better understand their energy usage so they can make an informed decision on which rate plan is right for them, helping them lower their energy bills.