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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.

Managing the Risks of Bike Parks

Posted: July 12, 2017
Tagged As: Legislation & Regulation, Municipal Infrastructure, Risk Management

Failing to actively manage the associated risks of municipal facilities built for public use can result in unnecessary and costly liabilities for the municipality.  Frank Cowan Company and Shillingtons LLP have developed this 12-Step guide to help municipalities identify and manage risks with such facilities.

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. 

Short-Term, Long-Term, Big Return, Small Return

Posted: June 28, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Investments

Investing as an individual can be tricky enough.  Investing as a municipality can be downright complicated.  Learn how each of the One Investment Program’s four portfolios and high interest savings account (HISA) can simplify your investments by matching the intended investment duration to the right portfolio. 

LAS Home & Automotive Insurance: Money in Your Pocket

Posted: June 21, 2017
Tagged As: Home and Auto, LAS Programming

Did you know that in addition to helping Ontario municipalities Save Money, Make Money & Build Capacity, LAS can also help you, the individual, save money?  If you're a municipal staff member or elected official, you're eligible for the LAS Home & Auto Insurance Program!  A simple phone call could save you up to 25% on your personal home and automobile insurance.

The Cost of Going Electric

Posted: June 14, 2017
Tagged As: Asset Management, Climate Change, Electric Vehicles, Electricity, Energy, Fleet Management, GHG Emissions

While the environmental benefits of electric vehicles (EV) are clear, the financial considerations surrounding their purchase can be a little hazy.  Explore the up front and ongoing financial considerations in buying an EV and their impact on municipal fleets. 

Shedding Some Light on Your Electricity Bill – The Delivery

Posted: June 07, 2017
Tagged As: Electricity, Energy Bills, Streetlights

In previous LAS blog posts we've looked at the various components of an electricity bill, covering both the basics of a bill and the commodity portion of the bill.  This week, we explore the lesser known delivery section of a Hydro One bill.

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."

Canada 150 – Special Events for Canada’s Special Event

Posted: May 17, 2017
Tagged As: Risk Management, Special Events

As Canada celebrates 150 years of Confederation, municipalities may find themselves being asked to approve events that are uncommon and have no prior history.  But by properly following and applying the principles of municipal risk management, each of these special events can proceed successfully.

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.

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