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Our -$8.01 Fortis BC Gas Bill!

Sometimes a human likes tangible proof that their actions do make a difference. We have received that proof this week. Our year-end (reconciliation) gas bill arrived. We have monthly equal payments based on the previous years usage. This year we used $82.01 less gas than anticipated. Our bill was -$8.01!!!! Woo hoo!!!! As an example of our reduced gas consumption, Last May we used 6.2 GJ and this year we used only 4.8GJ. Our monthly installment is $74 now but it was $100 in earlier years. I wonder what it will go down to now.

Some of the things we did that made a difference in our consumption were –

1. Installed an electric thermostat in the fall.

2. Didn’t use our portable air conditioner last summer.

3. Had a full year use of our energy star front loader washer, dryer and dishwasher.

4. Most of our windows had window film put on them for winter and spring.

5. I reduced my baths. When I was pregnant with my two-year old I couldn’t stay out of the bath. I’m sure that made a huge difference. Now I am lucky to get a shower in.

Our next bill should show our renewable gas usage. Then I will switch to a paper-less bill. I don’t know why we haven’t done that already but it is what it is.

I will be trying to turn off the pilot light for our gas fireplace for the summer. Apparently that makes an impact too.

Any suggests for trying to lower our gas bill further?


If we use less, if we consume less, we’re going to have more – Colin Baker (actor) on Marlow FM 97.5 (April 2012)

Switching to ‘Renewables’ generates jobs, skills, purpose, power, wealth, future, resilience, autonomy, freedom, unity: Sustainable Society – Dave Hampton, Carbon Coach (31 December 2011)


About stephanieough

Wife, mom, concerned citizen of the earth. Striving towards intentional living rather than blindly following. Former Education Specialist for a corporation, I have now taken a step back to spend time with my family and work closer to home. Hoping to reduce our waste through refusing, reducing and reusing so that we will not have to recycle as much. Also, I love to explore zero-waste fast food and take pictures of my sucesses. I'm a fan of British comedies like Red Dwarf and Black Adder, Kevin Smith and his movies, Asian food, documentaries, biographies and going to Las Vegas on vacation. If someone told me I could only listen to the Beatles for the rest of my life I would die happy.


2 thoughts on “Our -$8.01 Fortis BC Gas Bill!

  1. That’s wonderful. With the cost for gas and delivery going up each year you must have made a really huge difference in your usage.

    Posted by livingsimplyfree | June 8, 2012, 12:20 pm

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