Tracking electricity usage may have become an easier task for residents of the Forest City.
London Hydro, the region’s local electricity provider is rolling out a new app known as, Trickl. The goal of the app is to allow consumers to follow their energy usage in real time and adjust where they see accordingly.
The app is part of a series of pilot projects in cooperation with the Ontario Energy Board, which is providing $2.7 million in funding in order to make hydro costs more affordable.
For Western student and London Hydro customer, Adam Cosens, the new app is a welcomed addition to his student household.
“As a student, you know, we tend to be low on money, so having an app like this creates easy access to our energy usage which will at least give us a shot at limiting those uneccessary costs. It’s common sense if you want to cut down on energy usage you wait til non-peak hours to run major appliances- but this app may help to show if we are using too much energy with less noticeable things like lights.” -Adam Cosens
Existing rates for hydro usage are as follows: 13.2 cents/kWh for peak use, 9.5 cents/kWh for moderate times and 6.5 cents/kWh for low peak. Trickl gives customers the option to set daily costs goals in order to better suit the usage needs of individual households. Users can also get in contact with a customer service representative from London Hydro or learn more about the Regulated Price Plan through the interface of the mobile application.
The Trickl App was unveiled over the weekend at the Lamplighter Inn at an event hosted by London Hydro.