March 2017 inTouch Customer Information Newsletter

A woman playing with a child in winter

What cap and trade is costing you

Man looking at laptop screen, calculating cap and trade costs.

Jan. 1, 2017, the Ontario government’s cap-and-trade program came into effect.

The cost of cap and trade is about 3.3 cents per cubic metre of natural gas used, and these costs are approved by the Ontario Energy Board.

Because the cap-and-trade fee is charged per cubic metre of natural gas, your total cost per month is based on how much gas you use. This cost is now included within the Delivery line of your Union Gas bill. However, you can calculate how much the program is costing you by using our simple calculator.

Save energy, save money
Union Gas offers a range of programs to help you save energy and reduce your cap-and-trade costs.

Equal Billing Plan adjustment

  • If you're enrolled in the Union Gas Equal Billing Plan (EBP), your monthly installment amount may be adjusted in the next couple of months due to a rate change and/or the amount of gas you use.
  • Log in to MyAccount or check your bill to see your gas use and instalment amount.
  • Learn more how Equal Billing Plan can spread your annual natural gas costs evenly through the year for easier budgeting and a more predictable monthly bill.  

Have you booked your annual inspection?

Furnace inspector with checklist.

Carbon monoxide (CO) is a poisonous gas that can build up in your home when your furnace, fireplace or other fuel-burning equipment doesn’t burn or vent properly. You can’t see it, smell it or taste it. Therefore, to prevent harm or even death, it’s important that you:

  • Have all fuel-burning equipment inspected at least once a year by a Technical Standards and Safety Authority (TSSA) registered heating contractor
  • Install a CO alarm on every level of your home, especially near sleeping areas, as most CO-poisoning deaths happen when people are asleep
  • Keep outside exhaust vents, flues and chimneys clear of leaves, nests and other debris

Please be aware that a CO alarm will not detect a natural gas leak. For that, you’ll need a natural gas alarm or combination CO/natural gas alarm.

For more safety information and to watch a short CO safety video, visit our safety section.

Signs of CO exposure include dizziness, headaches, sleepiness or flu-like symptoms. If you suspect CO poisoning, call 911. Follow up by scheduling a home inspection by a TSSA registered contractor.