Sunday Morning Coffee // 03.16.14

Sunday Morning Coffee is the place where I sit down with a big cup o' joe and recap the past week's events - from my favourite blogger posts, to the happenings here at t.o. & fro, and even share my "Eco-Tip of the Week" to encourage you to live a more responsible and sustainable lifestyle. So please, grab your Sunday morning poison and join me...

This is my 300th post! Wow, time flies. Here's to 300 more!

This week I:

Must reads:
  • Andi at aplovesdesigns talks about her worries leading up to her craft fair. (In my opinion, she's going to rock it and have so much fun!)
  • Jenn at A Country Girl's World discusses being a humane consumer in the laundry room.
  • Christina at Route Bliss shares some quick tips to improve photos for instant sharing.

To be more responsible:

Eco-tip 09. Peak energy times

This past week I was at a meeting with like-minded organizations and individuals in the tourism industry in Toronto. We discussed our values and how to become more sustainable businesses. Our discussion on the ever-growing city of Toronto and the issues that we'll face in the coming years especially peaked my interest. Last year, Toronto had more cranes in the air than any other city in North America. Condos and other high rises keep popping up, yet the energy supply to the increasing number of residents remains the same. Pretty soon demand is going to be greater than supply and residents may be left in the dark, literally. That's where peak energy times come in...


Peak energy times are when the energy demand is at it's highest, often during daytime hours when people are working, the AC and heat are running, etc. Off-peak hours are the exact opposite, typically from 7:00pm to 7:00am, weekends and statutory holidays. The goal of the city of Toronto, and I'm sure many others, is to shift the peak energy times to even out the energy supply and demand. Some areas, such as the entire province of Ontario, have introduced the "smart-meter", which utilizes time-of-use pricing, where the cost of electricity is less during those off-peak hours, therefore reducing your electricity bill and creating an incentive to be more conscious of your energy usage.

How to adjust energy consumption during peak times:
+ Set the timer on your dishwasher to run while you are sleeping.
+ Run your laundry right before bed.
+ Turn off all lights and electronics before you leave for work.
+ Turn down your thermostat while you are out of the house.

So do your part, learn when the off-peak hours are in your area and adjust your household activities accordingly. Not only will you be doing your part to conserve energy, help with demand issues, and create a healthy environment, in the long run, you'll also be putting money back into your own pocket.

If you have a good tip for greening your life, or even a photo of your living a more sustainable lifestyle, I'd love to hear about it and even feature it as my "eco-tip of the week" during Sunday Morning Coffee! Please leave a comment below or email me at with your tips and photos.

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