valerie wrote: Is electric heat expensive in Canada?
Wrong question - Ask me instead, what is NOT expensive in Canada ?
As far as electricity it depends on the province, some provinces are less expensive than others, then it depends the type of heating - some people use oil, natural gas or hot water boilers - heating CAN be expensive, but again it depends on your home, insulation, area, how you adjust your thermostat, and the type of boiler - some boilers are more energy efficient and will dynamically adjust internal temperature based on temperature outside - mine is like that, it's a 24Kw (4 heating elements of 6000 watts each) BUT they are not all on at all times - once water is at set temperature, it can function on 1 or 2 elements, though the first 1-2 hours consume the most power - Electric radiators, those are expensive, as they run at a constant temp, and once heating is off, the heating effect goes down quickly - whereas hot water heating, keeps radiating heat for a while after it's off - BUT it takes the longest to get warm and radiate, and GAS, well it gets hot quickly and cold quickly, and if your safety is failing, KABOOM !
Some provinces in Canada however have incentive rewards for consuming less electricity at certain hours during heavy days. Some people have heat on at all times and like their home temperature to be in the mid 70's to mid 80's - For me that is too hot
I basically am fine with 69-70F, and during the day I can handle 66-67F - the worst is summer, because here central AC is crazy expensive, not only to install, but to maintain, clean and operate. Everything is so much more expensive in Canada, even door stoppers
I'm with a different electric company now that I have moved and it is almost twice as high!
Where I am now, they charge what they call a 'base rate' of $30.90 a month. If you don't
have electric on at all, you'll still have to pay that base rate. BUT not only that, they have
'Smart Meters' here and man oh man they are a big rip off. People complaining about them.
Yes, base service rate, it's a standard everywhere - Same here, we have a base rate, some parts of Canada even have water meters and a base rate, luckily here none, not for residential - Yes I've heard stories about the smart meters, that are badly calibrated. No issues here, I had an old fashioned meter, I used to like watching that thing spin - it had a hypnotising effect
some year they came and put the new meters, and I have not seen a jump in rates, I guess I got the good versions - but the smart meters are so much better and so much more convenient, at least nobody needs to come on your property to manually read your meter, and who knows how they read it. The smart meter automatically sends the data, and I can at all times follow consumption down to the hour, with graphs, something you cannot do with old meters. The thing is, some people had so much problems they saw their rates go up by thousands of $ - The thing is, the problem was not the smart meter, but their old meter was underestimating consumption, so all these years they were paying less than they should have. Fortunately, no issues here, old meter was not concerned by that. Maybe in your area it is a different story, there are bad batches or maybe your electric company is corrupt. It's fairly easy to know if they are ripping you off if you take notes of your consumption manually and cross reference with the report. Oh and speaking of ripoff, you mentioned "Smart" meters, they don't call'em smart for nothin'
but you can easily double check, they are not that smart, like say the government using your tax dollars