June 2017 inTouch Customer Information Newsletter

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Natural gas: saving you hundreds of dollars every month

Natural gas is by far your most affordable source of home energy, saving you up to $2,500 a year in heat and hot water costs compared to electricity, oil or propane. And if you're using natural gas appliances, you're saving even more – as much as $450 more, every year.

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Fireplace
Save $200*/year
55% less than wood

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Dryer
Save $120*/year
70% less than electricity

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Range
Save $80*/year
60% less than propane

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Barbecue
Save $50*/year
50% less than propane

While the price of electricity has doubled in the past 10 years, with expensive peak-hour charges pushing costs even higher, natural gas prices have dropped, costing you less today than a decade ago. That has been generating about $5 billion in annual savings for Ontarians, every year since 2008.

Chart comparing ten-year costs of natural gas, electricity, furnace oil and propane

With abundant supplies of natural gas right here in North America, you can count on having access to a reliable and affordable source of home energy for years to come. Visit uniongas.com/residential to learn more about how natural gas helps you save.


Smell gas? Clear out fast!

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You can't see or taste natural gas so we made sure you can smell it by adding a scent that makes it smell like rotten eggs or sulphur. Leaks are rare but if one does occur, you need to know what to do, to keep your home and family safe.

If you smell rotten eggs:

  1. Leave your home immediately
  2. Call Union Gas at 1–877–969–0999 or 911 from a safe distance away

Natural gas is flammable, so if you suspect a leak, don't use electrical switches, appliances, phones, garage door openers, motors or motor vehicles, matches or lighters and do not smoke. Be sure everyone knows what to do if they smell natural gas.

To find out more and watch short videos about natural gas safety, visit uniongas.com/safety.

Cap-and-trade refresher

  • The Ontario government's cap-and-trade program started Jan. 1, 2017
  • The program's costs are included in the Delivery rates on your natural gas bill
  • Learn more about cap and trade and estimate its impact on your bill at uniongas.com/capandtrade