Curbing Your Consumption:
The Shock of the Bill
By John Ford
From April 1, 2004, your hydro bill will be higher if you do not take
steps to reduce your consumption. But how much is it going up and how
much money will you save for each kilowatt-hour saved?
If you do not buy your electricity from an independent marketer, you
now have a stepped cap of 4.7¢ for consumption under 750 kWh per
month and 5.5¢ if greater than that. But that represents only a
portion of the bill. When you add up all the charges, the actual price
is a stepped rate of 9.26¢ and 10.118¢ per kWh, plus a
bi-monthly fee of $13.38.
A dryer load has now gone from 60¢ to 70¢. For a family who
does 6 loads of laundry a week, converting to a clothesline for only
six months of the year is now a savings of about $109.
The cost of running the average computer all day just went up to $70
per year or more.
The cost of running your central air conditioner is now about $3.50
per day (six hours) or $210 per bill in a hot summer.
Rates are expected to go higher. At 6.5¢ per kWh, the average
bill which was $190 a few months ago, and $204 now, would be $239.
Now is the time to start your conservation efforts!
John Ford is a technology consultant, and owner of a small energy
conservation business. He is the Green Party candidate in Ottawa South
for the upcoming federal election.