I've always thought I was a customer of Terasen Gas, but now I'm confused. I get billed by Terasen gas and pay the bill to Terasen Gas, but apparently don't receive my gas from Terasen. Whoever supplies my gas charges me $9.49 a GJ, whereas Terasen's price is $7.53. Anyway after a lot of discussions it's looks like I'm going to be charged the lower rate but it is only guaranteed for 3 months and probably won't take effect for two. Quite frankly I'm baffled, does everyone put up with this nonsense. Like what the hell is going on here and why is everyone seemingly putting up with it?
The savings I.P. may not be much if anything at all. I was just ticked off when I found out I wasn't being billed at the lowest rate- it's nothing short of a legalized scam and it's sickening that I (a senior) should be paying more than other customers. Quite frankly I thought there'd be more responses, or have most peoiple just got beyond caring anymore?
I remember when they deregulated BC Gas that became Terasen Gas.
I had just moved from a house that was all Hydro to this new gas and was promised lower heating costs. At first that was true and my bills for a 1400 sq feet house in Winter were about $300.00 each two months including hot water. Stove not included.
Then deregulated hit and prices started to soar on the Gas front. My Hydro remained the same but all of a sudden my heating went from $300.00 bi-monthly to $750.00 with a note it could rise about $1200.00 and that I should buy now at "futures prices". I did not for good reasons that I did not believe the price would remain and also I was renting and looking to buy so why lock in.
When I was house hunting I made sure I did not lock myself into a Gas heated place. Yes they say Gas is much cheaper but it all depends on how you heat your place. You have no individual control and with the new place I got I can heat some room while others barely have heat at all but benefit from my downstairs heat that rises.
In all my bills have never been above $350.00 here at much higher electricity rates..
Also the belief that gas bills will be non-existent in the summer is false.. If you use Gas to hear hot water / stove you can have higher bills depending on how much hot water / stove you use and what the rates are.. The magic term is rates as Gas is traded on commodities market..
I live on Vanc. Is. so I don't have bills like that either anyway. To build a new house and have to put in both a gas or electric forced air furnace and a heat pump is too high a cost for me to see any return in this lifetime. Maybe the next owner would benefit but for now, I have to look out for my household and if I do build a new house, paying for two furnaces won't be part of the cost.
Don't most of the companies do that now? I don't think I receive any bill that is due mid month or end of the month. They are all due at a time that for most people is not a "pay day". My husband gets paid in the last two banking days before the end of each month. I set up all payments (hydro/gas/phones etc.) to come out at the time he is paid. I know lots of people wonder why I would pay early and "give those companies the right to use my money" but I don't see it that way. I see it in two ways. One is that everything is paid for in advance so I don't worry about forgetting and the other thing is that, because I handle all such things in our house, I don't want my husband to withdraw funds, notice there is extra money there and maybe spend money we don't really have. If I set it all up for "due" dates, it appears there is a large balance. People depend far too much on the balance they see on a debit receipt which is the least effective way of knowing your bank account balance. So for me, what works best is to take all payments out within a few days of his pay. Then, there is never a concern about what is spent. Ever since I started paying that way, we have had a lot more money in the account. I don't tell him how or when I pay so maybe he's just cautious and thinks there are bills to be paid. Whatever it is - it works.Quote has been trimmed, See full post: