PNG reports high energy consumption, meteorologists warn of further winter weather

Pacific Northern Gas says energy use almost doubled in December compared to December 2021. The numbers come as a cold snap ripped through northwest BC and projects January’s numbers up 30% from where they were a year earlier.

“Typically people tend to be home rather than work on holidays, but I think COVID may have had an impact on more people working from home.” PNG President Leigh Ann Shoji-Lee said: “But usage is expected to be higher in December than perhaps other months.”

On Wednesday, some northwestern areas experienced double-digit temperatures, Environment Canada says the groundhog was right and winter temperatures are returning to normal. A La Niña pattern will help the weather prolong winter.

“So if I look into my crystal ball next week, we’re going to see things drop back to your average temperatures. So it’s going to be a little cooler next week.” Environment Canada meteorologist Derek Lee said, “Towards the end of February, things will get a little blurry, but we’ll also be trending toward average to normal.”

PNG says that to ease some of the later bills, they will be offering a rebate for those who do an oven tune and install a smart thermostat, which Leigh Ann says can save nearly 10% on later bills over the long term.

Simply put, PNG says the best way to reduce your bill is to dial back your heating, especially during nighttime hours.

About Mike Crayton

Check Also

Football meteorology for 2021 NFL week 17

Last week: 11-5 straight ahead, not bad considering the turbulent week. 149-88 for the season. …