Hydro-Québec Tips To Save Money On Your Bill This Winter - MTL Blog

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Hydro-Québec shared a few tips.
It’s safe to say that you’ve probably already turned on your heating in Montreal. And with snow on the ground and the temperatures getting into the negative double-digits comes all the stressing about how you’re going to afford your Hydro-Québec bill.
But there’s a way you can both save money and optimize your energy consumption at home during the long, cold winter months, according to the Crown corporation. The company shared some tips in an email to customers on December 3 and gives further advice on its website.
Here are four tips to consider.
Hydro-Québec encourages customers to use the Equalized Payments Plan (EPP).
When you sign up for the EPP, you’ll know exactly how much you’ll have to pay for electricity every month with no surprises.
The plan spreads your payments out throughout the year, producing a standardized monthly bill by weighing your electricity use, the temperature in your area and your consumption habits, according to an explanatory video.
As an added benefit, you can choose how much you want to spend on a per-month basis depending on your consumption habits.
Did you know that there’s a tool on your Hydro-Québec customer portal that allows you to track your energy consumption in full detail?
My Consumption Profile, in your customer space, shows you how much energy you’re using on an hourly basis.
This tool can help you determine the months and times of day when your consumption is highest. That way, you can anticipate when you might be spending a little more money on hydro and adjust your habits if necessary.
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If you live in an older building, chances are your windows are a little drafty in the winter. Drafty windows mean one thing: You’re losing heat.
For many of us, the only way to fix this issue is to cover those windows with plastic or some kind of sealant during the cold months. If you can afford it (or if your landlord is nice), you might consider changing the windows and updating them to something more weather-controlled.
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Another handy way to regulate the heating in your home is to invest in an electric thermostat, Hydro-Québec says. According to the company, heating accounts for “over 50% of your annual electricity bill.” Apparently, an electric thermostat could save you around 10% of your annual bill.
It might be problematic to install an electronic thermostat if you’re a renter, so sadly, this might not be the best option for you.
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But they’ll still waive late fees if you set up a payment plan.
Get ready to pay a little more for electricity because Hydro-Québec’s rates are going up again next year.
In an October 22 news release, Hydro-Québec announced that it would be increasing its rates by 2.6% in April 2022 in order to keep up with inflation.
This is double last year’s increase of 1.3% which took effect on April 1, 2021.
So what will this change actually look like on your bill?
According to Hydro-Québec, 2.6% equals $1.93 per month for a three-bedroom apartment, $3.60 per month for a small house, $4.77 per month for a midsize house and $5.89 per month for a large house.
Hydro-Québec also says it’s keeping the “suspension of administrative charges for unpaid bills” it put in place earlier in the pandemic.
This means that if you’re having trouble paying your electricity bill on time, you can avoid late fees as long as you set up a payment plan with them.
A stormy Saturday with no electricity… cool, cool, cool.
Around 5,000 Hydro-Québec customers were without electricity due to power outages on Saturday afternoon.
According to Hydro-Québec’s map of ongoing outages, the bulk of the power outages were concentrated on Montreal’s south shore in the areas surrounding Sainte-Julie and Boucherville.
The two major power outages began at 11:33 a.m. and 11:51 a.m.
In both cases, Hydro-Québec said crews were working on the issue and service would be restored at around 2:30 p.m or 2:45 p.m., depending on the area.
While the cause of the outages is not known, it should be noted that 20 Quebec sectors are currently under Environment Canada weather alerts due to rainfall, with some regions expecting 50 to 70 millimetres of rain and gusts of wind up to 80 km/h this weekend.
The areas affected by the power outages are not among them. However, Environment Canada has called for rainy weather with a risk of thunderstorms in these regions.
In Montreal, Environment Canada predicted around 30 millimetres of rain with gusts of wind up to 60 km/hr for October 16.
By around 1:15 p.m., a Hydro-Québec update showed that some of the power outages had been resolved, bringing the number closer to 4,000 customers without power in the Montreal area.
This article’s cover image was used for illustrative purposes only.

Quebec’s Crown energy company and sassiest social media presence, Hydro-Québec, is back at it with hilarious passive-aggressive social media comments.
This time, it’s responding to an… ehm unusual suggestion from a customer.
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This little gem was first spotted by Narcity Québec.
In a January 15 Facebook post, the company shared an image of fast-charging electric stations, highlighting a “record year” for their installation across Quebec.
But one commenter was not so impressed. “And when you’re a renter, you plug it into your a… I suppose,” they wrote.
Hydro clapped back.
“We’ve never tried it, but it might not work. Please update us!” the company dared (translated from French).
Subsequent comments from Hydro’s social media followers shower the company — or, at least its social media manager — in praise.
Hydro-Québec has become known for breaking the stuffy bureaucratic mould and taking on its naysayers in the comments section.
Negative commenters beware.
With the new year around the corner and an overwhelming amount of COVID-19 news in Quebec, it would be easy to miss other government announcements for the upcoming year, including new Quebec laws coming into effect in 2021. 
Last year, the legal age to consume cannabis in Quebec was increased to 21 years old.
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Dogs and cats in Montreal and Laval were required to be microchipped. And stricter measures were put in place to decrease single-use plastics
Scroll through to see which new regulatory changes will be implemented in 2021.
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On November 17, the city of Saint-Lambert issued a press release to inform Quebecers that it reached an agreement with the Société du Parc Jean-Drapeau and L’Aréna des Canadiens inc. (evenko) to set a noise limit for music festivals at Parc Jean-Drapeau.
The noise level reaching Saint-Lambert from music festivals will be restricted to roughly the equivalent noise level measured there when no concerts take place.
Starting in 2021, the city is restricting the number of major events that can take place between May 1 and September 1 every year. No more than 19 days during that period can be reserved for major events.
There are also reportedly plans to end festivals as early as 11 p.m.
But the press release states that this agreement still needs to be ratified.
In June of last year, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the Government of Canada would be banning single-use plastics, such as bags, bottles, utensils, stir sticks and straws, as early as 2021.
The federal government also wants to work with provinces and territories to develop standards for companies that manufacture plastic products.
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Quebec Public Health Minister Christian Dubé announced that new services would be offered for free at Quebec pharmacies starting January 25.
While Quebecers who need to extend or adjust their prescriptions currently have to pay for a pharmacist’s time, the new changes will ensure these consults are free of charge, whether the citizen is covered by public or private healthcare.
The changes will make it easier to obtain prescriptions for minor health issues, such as birth control pills, herpes treatments and antibiotics for urinary tract infections.
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On December 9, Quebec’s Ministry of Health and Social Services announced that it would be cracking down on vaping, after a series of recommendations by a special intervention group on vaping.
Among the recommendations, the ministry stated it “intends to quickly address” are:
Federally, the Government of Canada is implementing part of its new regulatory framework on vaping on January 1. As of the first day of the new year, refillable vaping products and their parts must be packaged in child-resistant containers.
The Quebec government announced that the provincial minimum wage would be increasing by $0.40 per hour as of May 2021, bringing Quebec’s minimum wage to $13.50 per hour.
The Ministry of Labour, Employment and Social Solidarity said the change would affect 287,000 Quebecers — 57% of whom are women.
The increase will raise the minimum wage of Quebec workers who are renumerated with tips to $10.80 per hour — an increase of $0.35 cents.
Earlier this week, the Metropolitan Regional Transportation Authority (ARTM) announced it would be overhauling and simplifying the rates of various public transit agencies in Greater Montreal.
Montrealers travelling to the South Shore and Laval will have to pay slightly more for their fares.
The ARTM also said it has begun looking into “social pricing” for its transit agencies and it will receive recommendations around this topic in the summer of 2021.
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In November, Hydro Quebec announced that Quebecers’ electricity bills would rise slightly in 2021.
The crown corporation made the announcement after a one-year rate freeze under Bill 34. As of April 1, Hydro-Québec rates will increase by 1.3% to correspond with the 2019-2020 Consumer Price Index.
Due to COVID-19, customers can make payment arrangements with Hydro-Québec and avoid paying administration charges on unpaid bills.
Hydro-Québec will also continue to delay service interruptions for Quebecers with unpaid bills until March 31, 2021.

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