Hydro-One : Small Business Programs
Ontario Hydro has recently created these innovative programs for Small Business users.
Concidering the cost of energy and the relatively high use of electricity in the restaurant and food preperation business, you might find it worth while to investigate these programs by following the links to Hydro One's website and having a read!
Now, more than ever, businesses in Ontario are looking for ways to save costs and be more energy efficient. That's where the SMALL BUSINESS LIGHTING Program comes in. Under this program, qualifying businesses can get up to $1,000 (plus tax) worth in free energy efficient lighting and equipment upgrades.
Reducing peak demand, saving energy, and improving your bottom line. What is the Demand Response Program? Periods of peak demand drive up the price of electricity, put a strain on the electricity grid, and affect its reliability. The DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAM is designed to compensate participating businesses. All you have to do is reduce your energy consumption when you receive periodic activation notices. You’ll earn a significant monthly payment for taking part, and you’ll save on your direct energy costs at the same time.
The save ON energy RETROFIT PROGRAM offers you financial incentive to adopt more energy-efficient technologies and improve your bottom line. Participate and Save. The RETROFIT PROGRAM provides financial incentives for replacing inefficient existing equipment with high efficiency equipment that will improve the efficiency of your operational procedures and processes.
Recipes by Gina - Recipe of the Moment
Spiced Apple Chicken
- 2 apples, cored & sliced
- 1 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 tsp extra-virgin olive oil
- 2 tsp unsalted butter
- 1 1/8 tsp herbs de Provence, (see Note)
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
- 4 6oz bnls/sknls chicken breasts
- 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
- 1 tsp freshly grated lemon zest
- Toss apple slices with lemon juice and cinnamon.
- Heat 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp butter in a medium nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Add the apples and cook, until tender, about 5 mins.
- Keep warm.
- Mix 1 tsp "herbs de Provence" * , salt and pepper.
- Pound chicken with a meat mallet to a 1/2-inch thickness.
- Sprinkle the chicken on both sides with the seasoning mixture.
- 3Heat 1 tsp oil and 1 tsp butter in a large skillet over high heat.
- Add chicken and cook for about 2-3 mins per side or until no longer pink in the center.
- Remove to a platter.
- Add broth, lemon zest, the remaining 1/8 tsp herbs and any accumulated juices from the chicken to the pan.
- Cook, stirring to scrape up any browned bits, until slightly reduced, about 3 mins.
- Spoon the sauce over the chicken and serve with the sautéed apples.
- Serve with Rice and Roasted Squash
*Note: Herbes de Provence is a mixture of dried herbs used in the south of France. Mix 1 tbsp each of dried thyme, rosemary, oregano, marjoram and savory in a small jar.
PROFIT POTENTIAL (meal for four)
Approx. Cost - $8.93
Suggested Sell - $24.99 - $27.99
Profit - $16.06 - $19.06
*Did not Include a provision of $1.80 for potential take-out containers