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. One GJ of natural gas could fill 150 bathtubs!
How does this add up?
You’re really paying a few pennies for every kWh of electricity, and less than a couple of toonies 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.