Being a good member of the community is important to us. We make responsible decisions today, with our sights on tomorrow. Focusing on reducing the environmental impacts of our industry, using technology wisely and helping you to save energy at home and at work.
Our takeCHARGE program helps homeowners, businesses and communities make smart energy choices, saving energy and money. After all, knowledge is power.
2019 was a very busy year for our energy efficiency experts. Over 500,000 Instant Rebates were provided at the cash on products like LED light bulbs, weatherstripping and more. Our takeCHARGE website received over 376,000 visits from those looking for advice and rebates. We participated in 328 energy conservation events and presentations and the takeCHARGE Kids-In-Charge program was delivered to over 3,100 students.
In 2019, we also expanded on our energy efficiency resources for business, including promoting case studies and videos to help business owners realize their opportunities for energy efficiency by seeing how others have saved.
In total, takeCHARGE programs helped save 42.3 GWh in 2019, enough electricity to power approximately 8,000 electrically heated homes.
Innovative thinking and technology go hand in hand. Both bring direct benefits to our customers. All new street lights installed now use LED technology. As well, when a fixture reaches the end of its useful life, we replace it with an LED fixture. LED street lights give better light, require less maintenance and use less energy. As a result there is a 9-20% savings on the monthly rate for a standard street light.
2019 was the second year of full Automated Meter Reading implementation. Through ongoing technology improvements in 2019, there has been an additional reduction of 28% in estimating bills.
As we look ahead, there will be opportunities to use electricity in different ways. This is often referred to as electrification. Switching to an electric vehicle is one example of electrification. Instead of spending money at the gas pump to fill your car each week, it could be more beneficial to charge your electric vehicle at home. We will be there to provide you with the information you need to learn more about electric vehicles and other exciting innovations. One thing is certain, the future will look much different from the past.