Track and manage your electricity use
Use MyHydro to understand your usage
In the dark about your electricity use? Keeping an eye on your consumption in MyHydro allows you to spot patterns and identify ways to save.
Log in to your account regularly to track and understand your electricity use – right down to the hour. The data comparison tools also allow you to discover how your household’s electricity habits have changed over time, with the seasons, and in comparison to your neighbours.
Ready to up your knowledge, and lower your bill? Let’s walk through the tools available in MyHydro, and what you should be looking for as you dig into your data.
Avoid higher than expected bills this winter
To help stay on top of your electricity use this winter, learn about the common reasons for increased usage, and our tips to manage it.
Winter months are cold and dark, which means we have the lights on longer and heat turned up higher compared to other times of the year. That’s where the bulk of the additional electricity use comes from. In fact, electricity costs go up an average of 65% in the winter months in homes that rely on electric heat.
Some other behaviours that contribute to more electricity usage in the winter are things like:
- Cooking at home more often.
- Using the dryer more often, as the outdoor and in-home temperature are less conducive to hang drying.
- Even more so this year, taking part in other activities like entertainment, socializing and exercising from home rather than venturing into the cold.
- Compare them to your winter bills last year, and the year before. Do you see a pattern emerge?
- Compare them to the average outside temperature. You’re likely using more heat to stay comfortable on the coldest days of the month.
Check out these ideas for saving electricity in the colder months, and be sure to monitor your progress in MyHydro on a regular basis.
- Insulate yourself and your home. You might be surprised how socks, a sweater and a simple draftproofing project can cut down on the amount of heating you need.
- Follow our winter home heating tips, which cover the essentials like thermostat recommendations and efficiency guidelines for baseboard heating and space heaters.
- Consider switching to an equal payment plan to take any surprises out of your bill.
Three ways to track your usage:
Your hourly data is your best look at how your usage fluctuates based on what you’re doing throughout the day. Click the blue bars in your consumption graph to reveal this level of detail up to the previous day.
What to look for:
- Look for spikes (the highest bars) and think about what activities you were doing during those peak hours, like running the dryer or cooking in the oven.
- Take a look at your overnight usage (typically the lowest bars). This represents your “always on” systems, like your fridge and thermostat, and idle electronics, like your PVR. See if there’s any efficiency to gain overnight.
Your daily data over the past few weeks is a great way to understand how your consumption shifts with your weekly schedule.
What to look for:
- Is there a pattern of lower usage on weekdays and higher on weekends? This typically results from leaving home for school or work on weekdays, and being home more on weekends.
- Depending on your lifestyle, the weekday versus weekend difference may not be so noticable. For example, if you work or study from home, or tackle activities that use a lot of electricity during the week, like laundry or meal prep.
See how your usage compares week over week through the month.
What to look for:
- Keep an eye on the projected cost of your electricity use at the end of the billing period.
- If you want to take action to lower that projection before your next bill, take a look at our 21 no cost ways to save.
The comparison tools available in MyHydro provide you with more context and a better understanding for how you're using electricity.
Four ways to compare your electricity use:
See how the average outdoor temperature influences your usage. Cold snaps in winter and heat waves in summer are the biggest contributors to increased usage, if you use electric systems to heat or cool. Apply this comparison and look at how the blue bars of your usage change in relation to the temperature line.
Look at your electricity use compared to the same period last year to see how it’s changed. The average outdoor temperature can be a significant factor here, as well as things like house guests, renovations or lifestyle changes.
See how you stack up next to other homes in your area. Your comparison is based on the average electricity use of at least 30 similar homes nearby.
See how your electricity use is trending compared to the amount that would bring you into Step 2 as indicated by the green line. If your electricity use is nearing this line, you’re likely to start being charged at the higher tiered rate before you get your next bill.
See our energy saving tips for actions you can take to help reduce your usage.
Set up email alerts in MyHydro
We have two types of alerts you can opt-in to:
- Step 2 alert: we’ll send you an email when your electricity use is halfway to reaching Step 2, and another email after you’ve reached it.
- Log-in reminder: Set up a weekly or monthly reminder email to log in to check your electricity use to see how you’re tracking.
Dive deeper into your electricity use
Want to expand your learning beyond the consumption graphs? Use our cost calculator to understand the cost of running the individual appliances, lighting and electronics in your home.
Or, consider investing in a device that allows for real-time tracking. Unlike the consumption graphs in MyHydro, which are generated by interval consumption values and can only show you hourly data up to the previous day, a home energy monitor allows you to immediately see changes in your electricity use as you turn appliances, heating or lighting on and off.
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