Carbon Levy

The carbon levy on all fuels that emit greenhouse gas took effect January 1, 2017. The rate is set at $20/tonne in 2017 and will rise to $30/tonne in 2018. The levy applies to gasoline, diesel, propane, and natural gas. The revenue generated from the levy is only allowed to be used to:Carbon Levy

  • Support initiatives that will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases

  • Support the province’s ability to adapt to climate change

  • Provide consumers, communities, and businesses with rebates such as tax credits or tax rate reductions related to the added cost of the carbon levy

Indirect Costs to Households

There are indirect costs that will affect your day-day-to-day items such as groceries and gas for your vehicle. These costs are likely to be minimal as many of the commodities Alberta households use are imported. Imports are not subject to the carbon levy.

The government of Alberta estimates that indirect costs per household will be:

  • $50 – $70 in 2017

  • $70 – $105 in 2018

How will the Carbon Levy affect my Utilities?

The carbon levy will affect your monthly bills such as your natural gas, but depending on your income, energy consumption, and vehicle usage, you may be entitled to tax rebates that cover the yearly cost increase.

Carbon levy estimated direct costs on a household per year (Average house uses 129GJ of Natural gas a year):

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Source: Alberta Treasury Board and Finance

The carbon levy for direct costs is charged based on your usage at a rate of $1.011/GJ. The more you use, the more you are charged. The carbon levy for direct costs is charged based on your usage at a rate of $1.011/GJ.

In the winter, you utilize much more natural gas than in the summer. For example, during the winter the average home utilizes 15-24 GJ a month while in the summer, the same household is estimated to utilize 2 – 6 GJ/month. To find ways to minimize your natural gas bill, check out our blog: 5 Habits to Save on my Natural Gas Bill.

To calculate your costs and rebates more accurately try this calculator:

www.alberta.ca/calculate-carbon-levy-rebate-and-co…

For more ways to save, contact Camrose Energy for a, no obligation FREE BILL ANALYSIS. We will help you determine how you can save money on your monthly natural gas bill.


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5 Habits To Save On Your Natural Gas Bill That Won’t Cost You Anything

Everyone wants to save on their natural gas bill, but you may not have the money right now to buy new energy-efficient appliances or change all your lights to LED bulbs. We have compiled a list of 5 free habits that will help lower your bill, won’t cost you a penny, and are simple to do.

 

1 Natural Gas BillGet Cozy In The Wintertime With Extra Layers Or A Blanket.

Turn your heat down a few degrees and save each month. The rule of thumb is that for every degree you turn your thermostat down, you save about 3% on your bill. By turning your heat down 3 degrees, you can save almost 10% of your natural gas bill every month!

 

2 Natural Gas BillWhen You Aren’t At Home Or You Are Sleeping, Turn Down The Heat.

If you and your family are gone from 8 am to 6 pm Monday to Friday, that is a large chunk of time throughout the week that you don’t need to heat your home to people-pleasing levels. Turn down the heat for those 10 hours and reap the benefits at the end of the month. If you happen to have a programmable thermostat, program your routine so that the house warms up 30 minutes before you arrive home and you won’t even know the difference.

 

3 Natural Gas BillTurn Your Ceiling Fans Clockwise.

Remember, hot air rises, so if you have ceiling fans, change the rotation from counterclockwise to clockwise to push the warm air down and keep your space warm.

 

4 Natural Gas BillWash Full Loads.

If you have a dishwasher and washer and dryer, make sure that you wash full loads. Even if you switch the settings to a small load, the machine is going to use almost the same amount of electricity and water as you would with a full load, and you will run the machines fewer times each month.

 

5 Natural Gas BillWash Laundry On The Cold Cycle.

Washing your clothes in cold water can reduce electricity consumption 85 – 90 percent. Except for rare cases, you should never need to wash your clothes in hot water, so, set your washers to cold.

 

If you are looking to find more ways to save, contact Camrose Energy for a free, no obligation, bill analysis.  We review your current bill and determine what you could have saved with Camrose Energy.


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Ouch! Why Is My Natural Gas Bill So High?

 

Opening your natural gas bill can leave you in shock and disbelief. You look at your account and think, this couldn’t possibly be right. How can my bill be so high? Did my bill increase by $100 last month?home-2006023_640

Many Albertans are concerned about their natural gas bills and don’t know why the bill is so high.

There are several contributing factors that determine the price of your gas bill. What you need to do first, is think back and remember what happened in the last month. Was it colder than normal last month? What was the cost of natural gas last month? When you know what to look for, you can begin to see where all these costs are coming from.

At Camrose Energy, we reviewed what was happening in the last couple of months. These are the main factors that added to your high natural gas bill:

    1. The winter months can provide cold snaps that drive-up usage and increase your bill. Ask yourself, are you consuming more due to seasonal factors?

    2. The Carbon Levy tax came into effect in Alberta January 1, 2017. Your bill will now see an increase in $1.001/GJ. For an average household that consumes 120 GJ/year (as per Alberta Energy), you will see an increase of about $10/month to your bill. Depending on your billing cycle, you may have only seen a partial month of the carbon tax on your last bill, so expect the full tax next bill.

    3. Regulated fees increased in December and January. Regulatory fees vary from month to month and are calculated based on consumption. The increase in consumption results in an increase in what these fees are.

    4. The Atco Gas delivery charge increased last month. Atco Gas’ variable rates increased as well.

    5. The cost of natural gas affects your bill. In January, we saw a small increase that bumped up monthly bills.

We all want to keep our gas bills down. Some factors are within our control and some aren’t. For more information about your bill, contact Camrose Energy for a complimentary, no pressure bill analysis. We review your current bill and determine what you could have saved with Camrose Energy.


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