How much should I expect to pay for Hydro and utilities in Kitchener-Waterloo? How can I keep my bills down? What are the best times to use my appliances, and what times should I avoid? If you have questions about utilities in KW, you’re not alone! Most homeowners prefer to have estimates to go from in terms of what they can expect to pay for monthly bills. Sometimes, it is possible to ask the previous owners of your new house to help you get an idea about monthly expenses. However, if you are buying a model home, looking for rentals, or haven’t reached the buying stage yet, we have you covered! This article outlines some approximate numbers to help you get a general idea about what you could expect to pay for Hydro and utilities in Kitchener-Waterloo. At the end, we also offer some tips on how to keep your monthly bills low!
Monthly bill estimates for utilities in Waterloo:
- Heat (Gas, Oil, Electric) – $100 – but it changes greatly by the season, fuel and housing type
- Electricity – $30-50
- Water – $30-50
- Telephone – $30-40 for regular (local) service
- Internet – $30-40 for basic service
- Cable TV – $30-40 for basic service
Remember, these are only estimates: your bills may vary depending on use, the size of your home, and other factors. However, these averages are a helpful starting point for estimating approximately how much you should expect to pay. (Estimates taken from Immigration Waterloo Region).
In More Detail: How do prices in Kitchener compare to Waterloo?
Although Kitchener and Waterloo have different hydro and other service providers, prices tend to be about the same. For example, Hydro rates in both Kitchener and Waterloo come in at 18 cents/kWh during peak times, 13.2 cents/kWh during mid-peak, and 8.7 cents/kWh during off-peak hours. However, water and sewage is slightly more expensive in Kitchener following rate increases in January. Water and sewage rates in Waterloo sit at $1.70 and $2.17 per cubic metre, respectively, while Kitchener rates have risen to $2.08 and $2.40. To put that into concrete terms, this really only works out to an estimated $6.33 more per month.
How can I save money on my utilities?
Unfortunately, there really is no magic formula to guarantee a low bill. However, we do have some tips on how to lower the cost of your hydro and utilities!
#1: Manage your consumption. This one is a no-brainer. Keeping the air conditioner at a reasonable level, setting automatic temperatures for when you are out of the house or asleep, and remembering to turn off the lights are all great ways to save money.
#2: Plan for your kids. If you have young kids, consider putting child locks on your thermostat, or setting lights to automatically turn off on a timer. This way, you can cut costs that may be incurred by kids who don’t yet know (or need to know!) about electricity costs.
#3: Know peak hours! We can’t stress this one enough. Things like doing laundry or running the dishwasher can cost you half as much if you plan to do them during off-peak hours. Check here to learn the best times to use hydro in Kitchener and Waterloo.
#4: Reduce phantom power. Keeping devices plugged in all day actually draws electricity, even when the devices aren’t in use. Try plugging your devices into a power bar, and switching the whole bar off when you leave the house.
#5: Use CFL bulbs! Switching to compact fluorescent light bulbs can cut your electricity costs by as much as 75 percent. (a 60 watt incandescent bulb burns through 1 kWh in just under 17 hours, where it takes about 67 hours for a 15 watt CFL bulb to use the same amount of energy!)