15 October 2014
Hydro Ottawa ties paperless bills to helping the homeless
OTTAWA—Once again, another company is trying to tie paperless operations to environmental and social do-gooding.

Hydro Ottawa has introduced a Go Paperless campaign under the auspices of helping the environment and reducing homelessness. Each time a customer signs up for E-Billing before Dec. 31, 2014, Hydro will make a $5 donation to its Brighter Tomorrow Fund, managed by United Way Ottawa.

“Our new Go Paperless campaign in support of the United Way is a win-win-win,” Bryce Conrad, president and chief executive officer, Hydro Ottawa said. “It's a win for the environment because we will reduce the amount of paper bills we need to produce; it's a win for our company because we reduce operating costs for every customer that makes the switch; and it's a win for local charities serving the homeless because we will be in a position to give even more to our Brighter Tomorrows Fund. I truly hope our customers will take advantage of this opportunity."

Brighter Tomorrow supports agencies that serve the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless. The fund enables agencies to invest in small-scale energy-efficient technologies or products by reducing costs, improving facilities and creating comfortable living spaces.

Since 2011 Brighter Toronto has invested almost $530,000 in 50 projects and has given out $170,000 worth of grants to ten local agencies including Carty House and Daybreak Non-Profit Shelter.
Comments:
3. Rory says:
16 October 2014 at 1:30 PM
Mike hits the nail on the head. "it's a win for our company because we reduce operating costs for every customer that makes the switch" is the real reason. Anything else is PR.
2. Mike Burtnik says:
15 October 2014 at 2:44 PM
Why is there not a governing body promoting print and paper? i.e. Milk Marketing Board. Every time we the printers try to promote paper it just looks like we are trying to save our a@@. Sugar coat the donation all you want, this all about saving money with these big busnesses.
1. Kent says:
15 October 2014 at 2:33 PM
A better way to support those "At risk of becoming homeless" would be to lower their electricity prices to a reasonable level.......so they can afford to pay their other bills.
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