The Alberta Carbon Tax 

With the Alberta Carbon Tax inflicting higher heating costs on homeowners, it is important to find ways to offset these costs. Thankfully, this list of tips can help you start saving money on your monthly heating bill right away:
 

1. Install High-Efficiency Heating Equipment

The most effective way for homeowners to save money on their heating bills is to make sure that they have the most efficient heating equipment. The more efficient and reliable than your heating equipment is, the lower your monthly heating bill will be. Acclaimed! has an incredible selection of efficient natural gas furnaces to help cross this one off your list!

2. Regular Maintenance

Making sure that all of your heating equipment receives regular maintenance and care is one of the most important ways that homeowners can save money on their heating bills. Simple maintenance such as furnace and duct cleaning can ensure that your equipment is running efficiently.

3. Install a Smart Thermostat

By presetting your thermostat to run 10-15 degrees cooler for 8 hours a day, you can knock about 10% off your monthly heating bill. During the day while you are at work, or at night when you are sleeping is a great time to set the thermostat to a lower temperature.

4. Seal Air Leaks in Ductwork

Energy Star warns that many households lose 20%-30% of air through leaks in air ducts. Having these ducts checked and serviced regularly can decrease the amount of lost air significantly; a technician can easily find these leaks and seal them for greater heating efficiency.

5. Heat From the Sun

During sunny days, open your curtains and let the sunshine through. The heat from the sun can actually make a big difference by decreasing how much your heating equipment needs to run. However, it is best to keep curtains closed during the night to reduce any cold drafts.

6. Lock Doors and Windows

Although doors and windows are closed, it is still possible that cold air is able to leak in from the outside. Locking doors and windows create a tighter seal against the weatherstripping, making it less easy for the cold air to come in or warm air to get out.

7. Plastic Film

Windows can generally take credit for about 25% of lost heat. However, applying plastic film around windows during the cold months can cut your heating bill by up to 14%. Even doors leading to outdoor patios that will not be in use during these cold months can be covered to cut down on heat loss.

8. Check Door Thresholds

 Another common cause of lost heat is the space beneath the doors in your home. It is a good idea to check all door thresholds for a large gap if one is clearly visible it is possible that air is entering or escaping through it. To fix this draft, simply replace the weatherstripping or place a door snake at the bottom of the door. Door snakes are relatively inexpensive and you can even make your own out of some common household items.

The most important way to cut down on your heating bill is to make sure that you have efficient and reliable heating equipment in your home, and to keep that equipment serviced regularly by properly certified technicians.

If you live in the Edmonton and surrounding areas you need not worry. Acclaimed! Heating, Cooling & Furnace Cleaning has all of the right people, products, and services to help ease the effect of the carbon levy and get all of your heating needs taken care of. We have been helping homeowners for over 20 years and we are here to answer your questions when it comes to heating your home.  Contact us today!

The initiative of the Alberta carbon levy is to create revenue to support actions in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, as well as Alberta’s adaptability in regards to climate change. In order to create this revenue, this carbon tax will be charged on all carbon-emitting heating and transportation fuels such as natural gas, gasoline, diesel, and propane.

Homeowners utilizing natural gas furnaces in the Edmonton, Alberta area may be concerned about how the carbon levy will translate to their heating bill. While keeping in mind that 60% of households are eligible for full carbon levy rebates, let’s take a look at the estimated impact on heating bills.

The Estimated Annual Direct Cost

Below is a table depicting the estimated annual cost of the Alberta carbon tax in 2017 and 2018 per household size:

Household Size Estimated Cost in 2017 for Natural Gas Estimated Cost in 2018 for Natural Gas
Single $101 $152
Couple $124 $186
Family of Four $136 $205

Breaking Down the Direct Cost

Here is how the direct cost of natural gas is broken down:

To calculate what your heating bill will look like with the carbon levy, simply add your given energy rate in $/GJ and the cost of the carbon levy for this year of $1.011/GJ, and multiply this number by the amount of energy it takes to heat your home.

For example, if your energy rate is $3.30/GJ and it typically takes 20 GJ to heat your home, the equation would look like this:

($3.30/GJ + $1.011/GJ) x 20 GJ = $86.22

Compare this to your heating bill before the carbon tax was applied, and it looks likes this:

$3.30/GJ x 20 = $66

For this example, there is a $20.22 increase in the carbon tax.

Offsetting the Costs of the Carbon Levy

Although the Alberta Carbon Levy will increase the cost of heating bills, there are still several steps that you can take to help reduce costs and conserve energy, such as installing energy efficient equipment, changing your filters regularly, ensuring your filter is the correct size, and keeping up with regular maintenance on your natural gas furnace.

 Acclaimed! has all of the products and services that you need to make sure that your heating equipment is running as efficiently as possible. We are also here to answer all of your questions when it comes to your heating concerns. If you live in the Edmonton and surrounding area, contact us today!

 

How the Carbon Levy Will Affect Homeowners

The Alberta carbon levy creates a financial incentive for homeowners to reduce their carbon emissions caused by the use of diesel, gasoline, natural gas, and propane. In return, the revenue generated from the carbon levy will be reinvested into Alberta to provide economic growth and diversity, while reducing Alberta’s contribution to carbon pollution.

As part of the Climate Leadership Plan, the Alberta carbon levy will help to raise an estimated $9.6 billion over the course of 5 years. From this revenue, $2.3 billion will be given back to Albertans in the form of carbon levy rebates. While the remaining revenue will be used to help diversify Alberta’s energy industry by investing in the renewable energy, bioenergy, and energy efficiency industries. Small businesses will also profit from the revenue generated from the carbon levy, as $865 million of the revenue provides a one-third tax cut from the small business tax rate.

Although it is important to understand the carbon levy and the destination of the revenue it generates, it is also important to understand how the carbon levy will affect homeowners.

Let’s take a look at what homeowners can expect from the carbon levy:

Estimated Annual Increase

The table below shows the estimated increased cost of carbon-emitting fuels annually per household, according to the Alberta Treasury Board:

Household Size Total Levy Cost in 2017 Total Levy Cost in 2018
Single $191 $286
Couple $259 $388
Family of Four $338 $508

Increased Prices of Indirect Goods and Services

Although many of the products that Albertans purchase are imported from outside of the province, higher prices on goods and services are expected from businesses within Alberta affected by the carbon levy.

Here are the estimated ranges for the increased prices of indirect goods and services:

Carbon Levy Rebate

Thankfully, 60% of Alberta households will be eligible to receive a full rebate by meeting the income criteria when filing their tax returns; couples and families that earn $95,000 or less per year and single Albertans who earn $47,500 or less per year, will meet the income criteria.

The table below compares the annual carbon levy costs and rebate amounts for 2017 and 2018:

Household Size Total Levy Cost in 2017 Total Levy Cost in 2018 Full Rebate for 2017 Full Rebate for 2018
Single $191 $286 $200 $300
Couple $259 $388 $300 $450
Family of Four $338 $508 $360 $540

 

Although homeowners are facing increased costs in fuel and indirect goods and services, there are still ways that they can save money by making sure their heating equipment is running as efficiently as possible. Contact Acclaimed Heating, Cooling, and Furnace Cleaning if you are in the Edmonton and surrounding areas and would like more information on our energy-efficient products. 

Stay tuned for part 2 and part 3 this week as we bring you more information on this topic!

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