Electricity is an integral part of our lives, it’s used to power almost every appliance in most homes and building but do you know how to stay safe around electricity?

When it comes to electrical safety, knowledge is power! That’s why Hydro Ottawa recently launched a new electrical safety awareness campaign to ensure you’re not putting yourself and your loved ones at risk around electricity.

Do you know what to do in these situations? Felix the Fox and Sam the Squirrel can teach you how to stay safe when you’re around electricity with simple safety precautions to take, in six key areas.

Make safety your number one priority; visit our web page to learn more about electrical safety.

 Stand Up to Standby Power: 4 Ways to Reduce Energy Use

Did you know your appliances and electronics constantly consume energy as long as they’re plugged in? Yes, even when you think they’re turned off. It’s a phenomenon that’s known as ‘phantom’ or ‘standby’ power, and can account for up to 10% of your monthly bill. Fortunately, we have four tips to help keep phantom power in the dark.

1. Unused? Unplug!

Devices that draw the most phantom power include computer equipment, TVs, cable and satellite boxes, game consoles, DVD players and stereos. Even rechargeable devices such as mobile phones and tablets continue to use electricity when turned off or finished charging. Ensuring that any unused devices remain unplugged can go a long way in decreasing energy consumption and, in turn, your electricity bill.

2. ENERGY STAR = Efficiency

Shopping for a new dishwasher, refrigerator or other appliance? Products featuring the ENERGY STAR symbol are tested and certified to meet or exceed high efficiency standards. Visit Natural Resources Canada for more information.

3. Timed Power Bar

Already at work but left your computer plugged in? No need to worry. Many power bars on the market feature timers that ensure your devices are fully off when you’re not around. This is particularly useful for computers, Wi-Fi routers, charging your mobile devices and more.

4. Hydro Ottawa Mobile App: Receive Real-Time Energy-Saving Tips

There’s a reason our mobile app has been called a personal energy advisor. Features such as push notifications, cost projects and access to relevant, appliance-specific data help you plan your energy usage to conserve more of it and save on electricity. Discover all energy-saving features within in the app by downloading it today.

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 Aussi futé qu’un renard à propos de l’électricité!

L’électricité fait partie intégrante de notre vie. Elle alimente presque tous les appareils dans la plupart des habitations et immeubles, mais savez-vous comment rester en sécurité à proximité d’équipement électrique?

Lorsqu’il s’agit de sécurité électrique, savoir, c’est pouvoir! C’est pourquoi Hydro Ottawa a récemment lancé une nouvelle campagne de sensibilisation à la sécurité électrique pour s’assurer que vous ne mettez pas en péril votre propre sécurité et celle de vos êtres chers à proximité d’équipement électrique.

Sauriez-vous quoi faire dans les situations suivantes? Félix le renard et Sam l’écureuil peuvent vous montrer comment rester en sécurité à proximité d’équipement électrique en prenant des mesures de précaution simples dans six grands domaines.

Faites de la sécurité votre priorité absolue. Consultez notre page Web pour en savoir plus sur la sécurité électrique.