Cap and Trade increases Ottawa Heating Costs in 2017
As of January 1, 2017 the controversial Ontario Cap and Trade program comes into effect. This will mean an additional
4.3 cents per litre in gas and $6.70/mth in extra natural gas costs for home heating per Ontario’s Auditor General. The figure for home heating is an average and will be more for the Ottawa Region, which is typically colder than Southern Ontario.
This will be compounded by a Federal Carbon Tax in 2020. These measures will make Ontario and Canadian companies less competitive with countries who pollute more and have no intent on curbing emissions. It will also increase the burden on an already strained working class trying to make ends meet.
What can we do?
- If your furnace is more than 15 years old, replace it immediately. The savings in going from a standard efficiency to a high efficiency means a payback in 2-3 years.
- Maintain your existing furnace to ensure maximum performance
- Change your filters regularly
- 1″every 3 months or more
- 5″every 6 months or more
- Insulate or re-insulate your house to prevent heat loss
- New thermal windows also prevent significant heat loss
For help with the first 3 items above call our friendly office staff to set up an appointment today.