How to reduce the impact of cap and trade on your bill
A quick recap
The Ontario government’s cap-and-trade program is starting on Jan. 1, 2017. Union Gas is required to buy emission allowances for the natural gas you use in your home and will recover these costs on your gas bill.
This means that you’ll see an annual increase of about $70 to $80 in your natural gas costs for 2017* – an added cost that’s expected to increase in the long term as the cap on greenhouse gas emissions is lowered.
To find out more about how cap and trade will affect you, visit uniongas.com/capandtrade.
Keeping costs down
The actual impact of cap and trade on your bill will depend on how much natural gas you use. You can reduce the cost by improving the energy efficiency of your home.
- Change or clean your furnace filter every month or two to keep it running efficiently.
- Install a programmable thermostat, which could save you up to $100 every year.
- Caulk and weather strip your windows and doors. It’s an easy way to increase your home’s energy efficiency by 10 to 15 per cent.
Remember: even with the added costs of the Ontario government’s cap-and-trade program, you’re still saving up to $2,500 a year by using natural gas rather than electricity, propane or oil to heat your home and water.
To learn more about Union Gas money-saving tips, energy-efficiency programs and rebates, visit uniongas.com/savemoney.
*Based on typical residential household use of 2,200 cubic metres (m3) of natural gas/year and an expected emission allowance cost of 3.3 cents/m3 of gas.
Winter care for your gas meter
Your outdoor natural gas meter is designed to withstand winter, but too much snow or ice on and around it can prevent it from doing its job.
Clearing off your meter and the area around it ensures that we can get an accurate reading and bill you for the natural gas you actually use, not an estimated amount. It also ensures prompt access in case of emergency.
The extra weight of snow on your meter could cause gas pressure problems and lead to serious leaks. Keep your meter clear to keep it safe.
DO: gently clean your meter with a broom or brush.
DO: shovel a pathway to your meter.
DO: call Union Gas toll-free at 1-877-969-0999 if you’re having problems clearing off your meter.
DON'T: scrape your meter clean with a sharp instrument or bump it with a heavy object.
DON'T: leave obstacles, like snow blowers, salt bags and shovels, in the way.
DON'T: tie your pets to your meter or the piping around it.