One man’s personal hydro boycott in Ontario, one hour a week
It's like his own personal Earth Hour.
Here is a post from reader Scott MacKinnon replying to our April 2014 article where Eastern Ontario electrical contractor Doug Leitch called for protests about Ontario Hydro’s steep rate hikes. (If people thought the rates were bad two years ago, look at them NOW… and look into the very near future.)
“I agree that something has to be done about hydro rates. The best way I’ve found to protest hydro rates is that on the third Sunday of every month at noon I “GO DARK.” That is I go to my electrical panel and shut the main breaker of for one hour. Then I turn it back on. If enough people in the province did this, it would send a clear message to both government and the industry.”
Editor’s reply: Not so sure the “clear message” would result in lower rates. It has been well documented that at least one hydro firm in Ontario increased its rates substantially to counter the effect of selling a lot less hydro than it expected, owing to energy-conscious consumers. They had their top line revenue expectation – and nothing was going to stop them from achieving it.