The average home in Alberta uses 600 kWh of electricity and 10 GJ of natural gas every month. But what does that mean?
Electricity is measured by kilowatts per hour or kWh. One kWh is the amount of energy 1,000 watts consumes in an hour. So, a 100-watt light bulb uses 1 kWh every 10 hours.
Natural gas is measured in gigajoules or GJ. Your energy bill measures GJ in cubic metres (m3), and one cubic metre — about the size of a kitchen stove — is 0.038 GJ. One GJ of natural gas could fill 150 bathtubs.
You're really paying a fraction of a cent per kWh of electricity, and a fraction of a dollar for every GJ of natural gas you use.
But your consumption influences more than just your monthly energy charges. Parts of your delivery charges and even the Carbon Levy are tied to how much energy you use each month. Decreasing the amount of energy you consume will have a positive impact on many areas of your bill.