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LAS Announces Natural Gas Price for Upcoming Program Year

Posted: October 25, 2017
Tagged As: Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Natural Gas

LAS recently notified its Natural Gas Program Members of the upcoming price change effective November 1, 2017.  In addition to providing pricing information for the upcoming program year, the announcement also provided a preliminary estimate for the November 2018 price.  Discover how these rates will affect your municipal budget moving forward.

Recreation Facility LED Light Upgrade: An in-depth look at the City of Peterborough

Posted: October 18, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, LED, Recreational Lighting

The City of Peterborough recently made use of the LAS Recreation Facility Lighting Service “to reduce energy consumption and reduce maintenance costs while increasing the lighting efficiency."  This case study explores two facilities that underwent upgrades and their associated energy and cost savings.

Build a Better Municipal Electricity Budget

Posted: July 19, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Streetlights

Each year around time LAS fields questions about electricity rate increases as it relates to municipal budgeting for the upcoming year.  Many municipalities look for a simple percentage increase, but that doesn't tell the whole story.  Learn how to create a usage-based electricity budget and how this approach can be more useful to municipalities than simply accounting for a cost increase.

Program Spotlight: The LAS Recreational Facility LED Lighting Service

Posted: July 05, 2017
Tagged As: Energy, Energy Planning, GHG Emissions, LAS Programming, LED, Recreational Lighting

LED technology is at a point where it can be used in almost any application.  If your municipality is looking for ways to reduce electricity consumption and operational costs, consider the business case for an LED lighting upgrade from LAS. 

Reduce Your Energy Consumption with Employee Training

Posted: May 24, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Training

Reducing energy consumption is the fastest and easiest way to decrease energy costs.  LAS partners with TdS Dixon to offer a variety of energy training opportunities to help Ontario municipalities realize their energy management goals and reduce costs.  Discover how the smallest changes can make the biggest difference, and as Stephen Dixon points out, "you might not even need to spend a penny."

Shedding Some Light on Your Electricity Bill – The Commodity

Posted: May 09, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Bills, Energy Planning, Streetlights

In April we explored some of the basics of a Hydro One bill.  In part two of "Shedding Some Light on Your Electricity Bill" we explore the different rate categories applied to the commodity portion of your bill, and the differences between account types.

Ontario Electricity Rates to be Reduced at May 1st

Posted: April 25, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Bills, Energy Planning

Earlier this year the Ontario government shared its intentions to introduce a Fair Hydro Plan that would target a 25% reduction to Ontario electricity bills.  While a formal plan has yet to be introduced, last Thursday the Ontario Energy Board (OEB) announced reduced electricity rates to take effect on May 1st.  Find out what the new rates will be and how they will impact your municipal electricity bills.

Shedding Some Light on Your Electricity Bill – The Basics

Posted: April 18, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Bills, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning

Getting to know your electricity bill can shed some light on billing errors, as well as provide insight on how to make optimal use of electricity in your facilities.  In this two-part blog we’ll examine the various parts of your electricity bill, starting with billing basics.

The Benefits of Employee Energy Management Training

Posted: April 11, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy, Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans, Energy Planning, Training

Employee turnover is noted as one of the most costly expenses for any business.  Find out how providing energy training cannot only help retain your employees and increase job satisfaction, but also save you money.

Does the 8% Rebate for Ontario Electricity Consumers Include My Municipality?

Posted: January 31, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Planning

In September 2016 the Ontario Government committed to introduce legislation that would provide an electricity rebate for Ontario consumers that is equal to the provincial portion of the Harmonized Sales Tax (HST). But exactly which electricity accounts are captured under this initiative? What is a consumer, and does this include municipal accounts?