Typical Utility Usage

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Average Residential Consumption

Do you know how much electricity, natural gas, and water your household uses in a typical year? In 2017, the average household in Medicine Hat used about 7,811 kWh of electricity, 102 GJ of natural gas, and 323 m3 of water. How do you compare?

This page can help your see where your consumption habits stand in comparison to other households in the community. Knowing how you compare can help you make decisions when it comes to lowering consumption and making home improvements.

Want to find out more about your home's consumption, but don't know where to start? Sign up for the City's eUtility service to view all of your utility statements online and to details of your consumption history. With eUtility, you can set alerts for high consumption and even view your hourly consumption! For help signing up for eUtility, contact Customer Service at 403.529.8111.

Electric Utility Electricity
Total 7,811 kWh/year
Average 651 kWh/month
Peak Month August - 838 kWh
 
Gas Utility Natural Gas
Total 102 GJ/year
Average 9 GJ/month
Peak Month January - 20 GJ
 
Water Water
Total 323 m3/year
Average 27 m3/month
Peak Month August - 55 m3

The information above is based on data from over 20,000 residential accounts in 2017. For more information, see the breakdown of typical utility consumption trends in Medicine Hat.

Seasonal Trends

Wondering why your utility bill seems to have doubled over the course of a few months? Utility consumption trends can vary drastically based on the weather. For instance, keeping your lawn green during a dry summer can more than double the amount of water your household is consuming. Our air conditioners have to work long hours during hot summers and furnaces work harder during cold winters.

The following information is based on data from residential customers from 2010 to 2017. It provides the seasonal consumption trends seen in Medicine Hat based on average usage from each year. The graphs below display the seasonal consumption trends for low, average, and high consumers in the community.

Low represents a home using less electricity than 80% of other homes
Average represents an average home in Medicine Hat
High represents a home using more electricity than 80% of other homes

Electricity

The graph on the right looks at the average monthly electricity usage from residential customers from 2010 to 2017.

It shows that usage is typically the highest in the summer. This is the result of the increased use of air conditioners. It also shows higher consumption in the winter, which is largely due to increased use of lights and electronics in doors.

Lower your usage by installing LED light bulbs, onlying cooling down occupied rooms in the summer, and unplugging electronics when they are not in use.

Usage is typically the lowest in the spring and fall due to lower heating and cooling needs, as well as a lower need for indoor lighting.

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Natural Gas

The graph on the right looks at the average monthly natural gas usage from residential customers from 2010 to 2017.

It shows that usage is typically the highest in the winter due to increased heating demands in homes. Lower your natural gas usage by upgrading insulation, servicing or upgrading your furnace, sealing air leaks, and turning down the heat.

Usage is typically the lowest in the summer, when the primary demand for natural gas is heating water. Reduce demand by installing a low-flow showerhead, turning down the water temperature, and only running your dishwasher on a full load.

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Water

The graph on the right looks at the average monthly water usage from residential customers from 2010 to 2017.

It shows that usage is typically the highest in the summer. This is due to the increased outdoor water usage. Lower your usage by planting a water-efficient garden, xeriscaping, and avoiding watering your lawn during the hottest point of the day.

Usage is typically the lowest in the winter, when the primary demand is water being used for showering, washing machines, toilets, and dish washers. If your water use is high, trying checking your toilet for leaks. A leaking toilet can waste more that 400 L of water per day.

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Household Energy Usage Breakdown

How are you using energy in your home? In order to be smart energy consumers and to make a plan to save energy, you need to first understand where your money goes and how energy is being consumed. Knowing this will help you plan renovations, investigate ways to save on your utility bill, or help you prioritize upgrades to your furnace, water heater, or appliances.

Natural Resources Canada's breakdown of energy usage in the average home is shown in the figure below.

Typical Consumption Breakdown

Source: Residential Secondary Energy Use (Final Demand) by Energy Source and End Use, Natural Resources Canada