April 2017 inTouch Customer Information Newsletter

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Call or click before you dig into spring

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With the worst of winter over, once again yardwork beckons. As you prepare to tackle outdoor projects, don’t forget to put safety first. At least five business days before your shovel breaks ground, contact Ontario One Call to locate and mark utility lines on your property. They’re fast, their service is free and they’ll save you from costly – possibly dangerous – accidents. Here’s what you need to know:

  1. It's against the law in Ontario to dig without having natural gas lines located.
  2. Digging or excavating could damage the network of hydro, gas, water and TV/telephone lines that may lie just below the surface of your property.
  3. Damage to these pipes or wires could create a safety hazard or shut down service to an entire neighbourhood until the system is repaired.
  4. Homeowners and/or their contractors are liable for damages, which could include a costly lawsuit if personal injury or property damage result.
  5. Contact Ontario One Call at on1call.com or toll free at 1-800-400-2255.
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  6. You’ll be provided with a free locate report of the underground utility lines on your property so you can complete your project safely and responsibly.
  7. Visit uniongas.com/safety for more information about natural gas safety.

Natural gas continues to be Ontario’s best energy value

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For the past 10 years, while the cost of just about everything has gone up, natural gas has actually come down in price. In fact, despite recent rate increases, you’re saving up to $2,500 a year by using natural gas instead of electricity, oil or propane to heat your home and water.

Massive deposits of natural gas right here in North America have resulted in record low prices, and experts agree that low, stable rates can be counted on well into the next decade.

Meanwhile, electricity prices have basically doubled over the past few years. And if you’re using electricity during peak hours, time-of-use rates will push those costs even higher.

Now and for the foreseeable future, choosing clean, affordable natural gas makes more sense – and saves you more money – than ever before.

Visit uniongas.com/residential today to learn more about the ongoing value of natural gas.

Cap-and-trade recap

  • The Ontario government's cap-and-trade program began Jan. 1, 2017, and the costs are included in the Delivery line of your natural gas bill
  • Use the calculator at uniongas.com/capandtrade to estimate your monthly cap-and-trade charge and its impact on your household budget
  • Visit uniongas.com/capandtrade for programs and tips to reduce your gas use and the cost of cap and trade