Whether you like it or not, the Alberta Government is implementing a Carbon Tax in Alberta. The Carbon Tax is intended to change our behaviour and reduce how much carbon we generate by burning fossil fuels. One of the primary targets of the Carbon Tax is Natural Gas that is used to heat our homes. In the mid 2000's we experienced record high natural gas consumer pricing that created a real panic at the end of every month when homeowners received their heating bills. Since then, consumers have enjoyed relatively low natural gas pricing, to the detriment of the O&G industry, but it has been relatively cheaper to heat our homes. Unfortunately, from the perspective of the government, it created an incentive to burn lots of gas and be wasteful with our energy consumption. With the Carbon Tax it's evident that these days are coming to an end.
HOW TO REDUCE NATURAL GAS USE
One of the most effective ways to reduce your natural gas consumption is to upgrade your attic insulation. Heat rises, and insulation plays a key role in keeping it in your home. In poorly insulated homes (R0 - R12), up to 85 percent of your heat loss can occur through the attic. In moderately insulated homes (R12 - R34) there can still be a significant heat loss, resulting in more furnace cycles. Your home may feel warm, but the furnace is running more often to get you there. With the average two storey home costing under $900 to upgrade, the savings in natural gas consumption, especially under the new Carbon Tax regime, will help pay for that upgrade relatively few winter cycles.
RUN YOUR AIR CONDITIONER LESS
With the new Carbon Tax and Alberta's Action Plan on the Environment, electricity rates are expected to double or triple. This will be great for the environment, but not so good for the pocket book if your air conditioner is running constantly to keep your home comfortable in the summer months. Because we are normally thought of as a summer hot spot, many people think that air conditioning doesn't cost them that much, but many people leave their systems on early and late in the season, and notice it on their electricity bill. An upgrade will help the most in the winter, and give you the best return on your investment, but for air conditioning users, its an added bonus.
CASE FOR DOING IT DURING THE SUMMER
The summer might not seem like the obvious time to upgrade your insulation, but it's actually ideal. Prices are generally more competitive as the industry is not in panic mode, and we offer the most competitive, quality attic insulation upgrades in the industry. Also in the winter months, scheduling the job is an issue an can be inconvenient with your schedule. In the summer we have more capacity and can meed just about any timeline you have in mind. Why wait until the winter panic season to do your upgrade, inquire now.