For residential and small businesses, the price you are charged for the energy you use is called a tariff. Gas plan tariffs vary depending on the type of meter you have, where you live, and your energy provider. Your energy bill may be lowered by factoring in time of use, single rate charges, off-peak charges and controlled load charges.
Gas tariffs: The tariff you pay for gas depends on your location and the distributor for your area. Gas tariffs are divided into two parts on energy bills; these are your supply and usage charges. Common gas tariff terms include supply charges, fixed and variable rates, and usage charges.
- The supply charge is a daily service tariff for the supply of gas to your residence or business.
- Usage charges are rates charged by your energy company for the gas you use.
- Some tariffs have variable usage rates depending on when the gas is used.
Seasonal gas rate: This tariff is charged between the winter peak season and controlled load seasons (non-winter).
Non-seasonal gas rates: The tariff stays the same all year round with a non-seasonal rate tariff.