Toronto, Ontario (PRWEB), December 10, 2013 – Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors the Greater Toronto Area’s leading provider of custom window and door replacement, is weighing in on recent news that Ontario electricity rates will continue to rise, soaring 33% over the next three years under the Liberals’ long-term energy plan. The company is also providing its top energy-savings tips to help Ontarians deal with the highest electricity rates in Canada.
The Ontario government recently revealed its long-term energy plan. Most significant is the fact that Ontario homeowners are faced with a 33% hike in electricity rates over the next three years. The average monthly bill in Ontario today is around $125.00 per month, but by 2016, it will jump to $167.00, and within 20 years, Ontarians will pay an average of $210.00 per month. (Source: “Ontario power rates to rise under new plan,” CBC web site, December 2, 2013; www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/ontario-power-rates-to-rise-under-new-plan-1.2448028.)
“One of the reasons for the rate hike is the end of the Ontario Clean Energy Benefit in 2015, which takes 10% off part of a hydro bill. Instead of giving Ontarians a break on their energy bill, the provincial government is introducing programs designed to encourage ratepayers to use less power,” says Adrian Biberberg, co-owner and founder of Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors. “Over the next two decades, the government expects Ontarians to increase energy conservation by 11% by making a number of changes.”
One of the ideas being proposed by the Ontario government is a new program to offer loans for renovations that increase energy efficiencies, including windows and doors, the cost of which will be added to the user’s monthly hydro bill. Even though windows only take up 5–10% of the surface area exposed to outside temperatures, they can account for as much as 30% of a home’s heat loss. (Source: “Energy Loss Through Windows and Doors,” Newmarket Hydro web site; http://www.nmhydro.on.ca/pdf/tips/Energy%20loss%20through%20windows%20and%20doors.pdf, last accessed December 9, 2013.)
“Hydro bills are set to rise significantly, meaning Toronto families and businesses will continue to pay the highest electricity rates in Canada. On November 1, electricity prices went up three percent alone,” Biberberg adds. “In an effort to save money and make homes more energy efficient, property owners in the Greater Toronto Area should consider installing windows designed to withstand Ontario’s harsh winters.”
The experts at Thermo-Bilt Window & Doors understand that windows and doors that qualify for the “Energy Star” mark have been independently tested and certified to be among the most energy efficient on the market. As a result, installing them to homes and offices in the GTA can reduce energy consumption and save property owners money. On top of that, energy-efficient windows can increase comfort, reduce outside noise levels, and cut down on condensation in cold weather. Windows manufactured with a low-emissivity coating can also reduce energy loss by as much as 30–50%. (Source: “Energy Conservation and Efficiency Tips,” Canadian Oil Heat Association, Ontario Chapter web site; www.coha-ontario.ca/publications/energy_conservation_and_efficiency_tips.html, last accessed December 9, 2013.)
Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors is the leading windows and doors replacement provider in Toronto and surrounding GTA. The company carries a complete line of windows, including casement windows, bow windows and bay windows, single-and double-hung windows, and single and double sliders, as well as awning and vinyl windows. Thermo-Bilt Windows and Doors’ wide range of window and door styles are designed to suit any home and budget. Thermo-Bilt Windows & Doors serves the GTA, including Toronto, Mississauga, Oakville, Vaughan, Scarborough, Markham, Richmond Hill, Woodbridge, and Aurora.