Hydro rate increase kicking in 0
Ontario Hydro smart meter. (DAVE ABEL/QMI Agency Files)
Even if Ontarians do their laundry in the dead of night, they'll still be paying more for electricity starting Tuesday.
New electricity prices kick in for residential customers, both those on smart meters and those on tiered prices, as the billing system switches to summer hours.
Ontarians on time-of-use pricing will see their lowest rate for electricity - overnight and on weekends and holidays - rise to 6.5 cents per kWh from 6.1 cents per kWh.
On a weekday from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., prices increase to 10 cents per kWh from 9.2 cents per kWh.
Firing up the electrical appliances during peak times, which will be between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays for the rest of the spring and summer, will set consumers back 11.7 cents per kWh, up from 10.8 cents per kWh.
Those increasingly rare hydro customers not on smart meter billing will pay 7.5 cents per kWh, an increase of 0.4 cents per kWh, on the first 600 kWh per month.
Any use over that threshold, which drops from 1,000 kWh in winter months, will be billed at the new higher price of 8.8 cents per kWh, up 0.5 cents per kWh.