To read your electricity metre, you need to know what type of metre you have. There are different types of metres, including digital, dial, and smart metres. Your utility company should provide you with instructions on how to read your metre, but generally, you’ll need to record the numbers or digits displayed on the metre.
Canada sources its electricity from a mix of energy sources, which varies by province. Common sources include hydroelectric power, nuclear energy, natural gas, coal, wind, solar, and biomass. Hydroelectric power is the dominant source, accounting for a significant portion of the country’s electricity generation. Other sources are used to varying degrees based on regional availability and environmental considerations.
Peace Power offers a variable rate for electricity, and both variable and fixed rates for natural gas. Fixed rates allow you to lock in for the length of the term (our term is 1 year), and our variable-rate plan allows you to take advantage when the prices are low. Note that the variable rate also rises so you may need to keep track of it from month to month to decide which plan is best for you.
Once utilities are set up, electricity and natural gas usage will be measured by meters on your residence or building. A standard utility bill is divided into two parts: delivery charges and usage (or energy) charges. Electricity and natural gas need to be delivered from the generation or production site to the consumption site and maintaining this system requires time and money. The delivery charge for utilities is nothing like the one you pay the pizza delivery person; delivery charges are made up of variable and fixed components and are determined by a provincially regulated formula that is pre-approved by the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC). Delivery charges allow distribution and transmission companies to maintain the power lines, natural gas pipelines, transformers, and other physical equipment.