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“Electro-Fed” Provides Wealth of Information for Consumers

August 10, 2012

New report allows for consumers to stay current and aware of all industrial news

In a world where information is power, The Electro-Federation of Canada has provided consumers with an opportunity to stay aware and current in all things industrial related. We can never have too much information and in a time where the economy is not entirely stable there can be no substitute for staying current and aware in order to protect purchasing integrity.

Electro-Fed has newly added, along with the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers’ Association, a 2012 report that will give indications to consumers on which products and producers to purchase from and where each producer is standing, financially, in order to give the consumer a more detailed picture of the producer they might consider purchasing from. This report includes data on historical unit sales, provincial sales, feature trends, and seasonality charts for seven major appliance categories from major producers. These producers include Whirlpool, Samsung and Electrolux just to name a few.

This report will prove to be a major asset to consumers in the future and it is incredibly impressive to see this open exchange of information occurring so freely. Granted, there may be information that might not be presented in its entirety, however this is much more than consumers are used to getting. Typically, the hunt for detailed information can never be found in one place and can require some serious legwork on the side of the consumer. Now, with this new report by the CAMA, consumers can obtain most information that they are looking for in one location.

This will even the proverbial playing field in the sense that an informed consumer is always better for the the economy in the long run. Essentially, a “trigger-happy” consumer may bolster business in the short-term but there is no substitute for the consistent business an informed consumer can give. Basically, producers and consumers alike should be grateful for Electro-Fed’s release of information to the general public because it will create a unique harmony that others should learn to adopt.

Electro-Fed has given a unique perspective to the general consumer that is not usually seen. Canadian customers should jump on this opportunity and use the information given to them to make more informed purchases in the future.

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New Player in Town

August 3, 2012

Out with the old and in with the new

Canada’s home appliance suppliers have a new face to put to the industry association as their former industry association is now shutting down. Everything changes in time, it seems, but is this shift in industry associations a positive thing for the Canadian market or is this new association going simply throwing its weight around because it can?

Last July the Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers of Washington, D.C. (AHAM), has set up a Canadian division in Ottawa Ontario. Sounds like great news! However, not everybody is thrilled since this announcement by the AHAM has caused the Canadian Appliance Manufacturers Association (CAMA) to close its doors in Toronto.

What really happened here? This quick collapse of the CAMA seems tragic, but why did it lose so many members so quickly? When one examines this new association it is easy to see that the CAMA simply could not compete with the powerhouse producers that the AHAM brings with it. Members of the AHAM include producers such as Electrolux Canada, Whirlpool Canada LP, and LG Electronics Canada Inc. “CAMA’s closure is a direct result of the Washington, D.C.-based AHAM opening a Canadian branch,” stated the CAMA on its latest website post concerning the closure pointing that, at the very least, they were forced out of “business” due to the newer, bigger AHAM. CAMA began losing members that have had long-standing relationship with them as soon as AHAM announced this new move.

The interesting twist here is that the CAMA has been serving the Canadian market in this capacity since 1995, and while it will remain a presence in other industries, they were essentially pushed out of the way by the AHAM despite a long track record of service. This is hard to believe given their long-standing relationship with many suppliers in the area but the fact remains that they are out of the game and AHAM is the new face of the industry association. Does experience and years of service mean nothing anymore?

This story, along with the questions it implicitly brings with it, calls for further thought. Why was CAMA so quickly depleted of members after AHAM’s announcement? Did the CAMA really not hold a candle to the incoming AHAM? Was there nothing that could have prevented such a closure? We ask these questions not to play favorites but to point out that not everything may always be as it seems, and certain questions beg more thought and pursuit even if there is nothing that can be “changed.” It speaks volumes that a long-standing association has no chance of holding members if a big player, filled with an even bigger roster, rolls into town.

However, what it speaks volumes about we leave to you, the consumer, and ask you to remember that you still hold the ultimate power and that even the biggest of producers still need your business.

Ontario introduces time-of-use pricing

January 15, 2010

Be careful what time  you run that dishwasher or turn on your washing machine, it could be costing you more money. Thanks to time-of-use pricing, now being expanded to all of  Ontario as of  January 8, 2010, it will cost hydro power consumers more money to run their appliances during peak power usage times.

Residential electricity consumers are charged a premium when they consume power during weekday peak periods – from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. in the winter months.

Toronto Hydro Customers have been on the time-of-usage plan since the end of 2009.

WEEKDAY PRICING:

SUMMER (May 1 to Oct. 31)

  • Off-peak / 9. p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Mid-peak / 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. / 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • On-peak / 11 a.m to 5 p.m.

WINTER (Nov. 1 to April 30)

  • Off-peak / 9 p.m. to 7 a.m.
  • Mid-peak / 11 a.m to 5 p.m.
  • On-peak / 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. / 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.

WEEKENDS AND STATUTORY HOLIDAYS: all hours are off peak

APPLIANCE / Off-peak 4.4¢ per kWh / Mid-peak, 8¢ per kWh / On-peak. 9.3¢ per kWh

To view estimated costs and savings, Visit

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/news/national/in-ontario-electricity-pricing-is-a-matter-of-timing/article1423424/