Why are Energy Bills in Ontario so Expensive?

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Those of us who live in Ontario pay above market price for electricity.

From 2006 to 2014 we paid $37 billion for these adjustment fees that push us over market price—never mind the high market price itself.

Plus, the Independent Electricity System Operator forecasts that the province will face an electricity shortfall in five years.

Why are our bills so expensive, and our plan to meet our province’s needs so behind? A few factors come into play:

  • Regulatory service charges
  • Increasing demand
  • Aging infrastructure
  • Green rebates and incentives
  • Prohibitive cost of producing green energy
  • Long-term contracts with energy companies.

Despite these competing factors, the Ontario government has promised to cut hydro rates by 12 percent. It’ll be a tough promise to keep, but you can reduce your own bill by 12 percent. Here’s how.

How to Reduce Your Bill

The most obvious way to reduce your bill is to use less energy, but we bet you’ve exhausted this option already.

If you’re timing your dryer cycles to avoid peak times and operating your air conditioner or furnace a few degrees lower than your preferred temperature, then it’s time to take more drastic measures.

The Right Equipment

Since the implementation of the EnergyStar program, HVAC equipment manufacturers have taken efficiency to heart. The latest models are all much more efficient than the models of only a few years ago. This includes furnaces, air purifiers, boilers, and air conditioners.

Boilers

You might be surprised to learn that boilers have made big strides towards efficiency. They can now achieve 95 percent efficiency, or more.

This means boilers turn 95 percent of the fuel they receive directly into heat. That’s an incredible improvement, and means you’ll use less energy to heat the same space, to the same temperature.

Smart Thermostats

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The dawn of smart thermostats has also helped the biggest energy consumers, like air conditioners, reduce their impact.

A smart thermostat can ensure that your appliances aren’t running when you’re not home, but also that they turn on and heat or cool your home to your preferred temperature before you come back.

Maintain Your Investment

Whether or not you replace your appliances or get a new thermostat, you can get even more efficiency out of your system if you ensure your HVAC ducts are clean and free of debris.

Regularly maintaining your filters, ducts, and other parts of your appliances will help them perform perfectly, and ensure they’ll last longer.

If you’re ready to invest in new HVAC equipment, or just realized that you’re overdue for a duct cleaning, reach out to us at Rennie ClimateCare. We’re the reliable choice for HVAC services, and want to ensure you get the most efficiency out of your products.

Get in touch with a member of our team today