What cap and trade means to you

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Understanding the cost of cap and trade

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The Ontario government’s new cap-and-trade program will come into effect on Jan. 1, 2017.

The program is designed to fight climate change by putting a price on greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions which are created when natural gas is burned. The total amount of emissions allowed in Ontario will be capped and reduced over time.

Union Gas is required to purchase emission allowances for the natural gas you use when heating your home and water. Union Gas will recover the costs on your natural gas bill. The total increase to your natural gas bill is expected to be about $70 to $80* in 2017. This incremental cost will depend on how much gas you use. We expect the cost could increase over time as the cap on GHG emissions is lowered. The Ontario Energy Board will review and approve cap and trade costs.

You can find out more about how cap and trade will affect you at uniongas.com/capandtrade.

Reduce the cost of cap and trade

You can lessen the impact of cap and trade on your household budget and reduce your natural gas bill by taking advantage of Union Gas energy efficiency rebates. Visit uniongas.com/savemoney for more details.

*Based on typical residential household use of 2,200 m3 of natural gas/year and an expected emission allowances cost of 3.3 cents per m3

Avoid digging into trouble

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Every year there are about 1,000 cases of damage to Union Gas pipelines, most commonly caused by careless digging.

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Damaging a natural gas pipe could result in serious injury to your family or neighbours, service disruption to an entire neighbourhood and expensive repairs, fines and even legal action against you. And it’s easily preventable. Before planting a tree, installing a fence or driving stakes into the ground, call to have underground utility lines located and marked, free of charge.

Within five business days, Ontario One Call will come to your property to mark the paths of cables and pipes, so you or your contractor know where to dig – and where not to.

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To request free locate service, call Ontario One Call at 1-800-400-2255 or visit on1call.com at least five business days before you start any yardwork. It's smart. It's safe. And it's the law.

Visit on1call.com/homeowners to learn more.