Federal Carbon Charge
The federal government has had a carbon pricing program in Ontario since 2019. Carbon charges are applied to all fossil fuels you use, including Natural Gas, Propane and Home Heating Oil.
The charge gradually increases every year on April 1.
Natural Gas Carbon Tax:
Enbridge Gas estimates that this will cost the typical homeowner an additional $141.00 in 2020. Actual cost will vary depending on the amount of gas your home uses in a year.*
In 2022 the typical homeowner using natural gas to heat their home will be paying an additional $235.00 per year in carbon tax.
If you own a larger home (over 1,200 sq. ft.) or an older home, your yearly costs could be significantly higher.
If you are using propane or heating oil, you can see the tax rates below.
Propane Carbon Tax:
Light Fuel Oil Carbon Tax:
What Can You Do?
The carbon tax is not going to go away. The best way to avoid it is to reduce your use of fossil fuels. The payoff for energy efficient equipment will increase over time.
High Efficiency Furnaces
New gas, propane and oil furnaces are up to 98% efficient. Older equipment can be as low as 60% efficient. A new furnace reduces the amount of fuel you use to heat your home.
Tankless Water Heaters
Some homeowners may want to consider an air source heat pump, like Zuba Central. Zuba-Central is a heat pump which provides heating and cooling to your home through existing ductwork. It is ranked among the most energy-efficient and cost-effective ways to keep your home comfortable.