Winter has always been a time when longer nights and lower temperatures mean we pay closer attention to our energy use.
Now with many of us working and learning from home, it’s even a better time to make small changes to control how much energy we use.
Space heating accounts for 63 per cent of home energy use – and even a difference of two degrees (from 20 to 22) can add up. On cold days it might be tempting to set your thermostat high, but your home won’t heat up quicker.
Alberta towns and cities rank amongst the sunniest in Canada. Make the sun work for you in winter by opening your blinds and curtains during the day. This will allow the sun’s energy to help heat your home and take some of the load off your furnace. At night, close your blinds and curtains to help keep the heat from escaping too quickly.
Humidity helps minimize itchy skin and static cling in dry Alberta winters. However, too much humidity can actually make you feel colder because the moisture draws heat away from your body. If you use a humidifier, avoid adding too much humidity to your home by keeping humidity between 30 – 40 per cent – which should keep your comfortable, without making you reach for the thermostat to deal with a chill.
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Energy savings can add up in more significant ways with three simple changes to your laundry routine: running the washer on cold, hanging your laundry on a drying rack or throwing a dry towel in the dryer to help your clothes dry faster.
Different lights have different purposes. Choose brighter bulbs for task lighting in areas where you read or do office or schoolwork. Select bulbs with lower brightness for hallways or general areas, provided they don’t affect safety.
Standby power can add up to 5 - 10 per cent of an average home’s electricity use. Unplug electronics when not in use and you can translate that 10 per cent to savings you can use for something else.
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Floating rate prices are influenced by demand. So, when we use more electricity or natural gas, like we do in winter, the floating rate can go up. You can view
historic floating rates on this webpage.
Our bills are generated based on when we receive meter readings, which means your billing cycle can vary between 26 to 34 days.
It only takes a couple of small changes around your home to bump up your energy use such as working from home or new electronics. When possible plan for these changes by taking extra steps such as lowering your thermostat or setting timers.
Your bill is made up of other fees beyond your energy usage. These can be fees to support infrastructure maintenance or fees collected on behalf of the provincial regulator.
Understanding Your Bill page has a break out of all the items on your bill.
Customers are free to purchase natural gas services or electricity services from a retailer of their choice. For a list of retailers, visit ucahelps.alberta.ca or call 310-4822 (toll free in Alberta).