ENMAX EasyMax vs. Direct Energy Alberta: Which Should You Choose? (2022)

ENMAX EasyMax vs. Direct Energy Alberta: Which Should You Choose? (1)

ENMAX and Direct Energy Alberta are the two largest competitive energy retailers in Alberta. We compare their various power and gas offers to help you find the option that is right for you.

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  1. ENMAX vs Direct Energy: Customer Service
  2. ENMAX vs Direct Energy: Compare electricity offers
    1. Our Take
  3. ENMAX vs Direct Energy: Compare gas offers
    1. Our Take
  4. Final Verdict: Which supplier should you choose?

A word about our methodology:
Please note that all prices listed below are only for the cost of energy supply and administration costs, and do not take into account the costs of energy distribution, transmission or taxes. Total energy costs will be greater than what is listed. Also note that ENMAX's prices vary slightly by location. For references purposes, the prices displayed below are for Calgary.

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About ENMAX and Direct Energy Alberta

ENMAX is Calgary-based and the largest competitive energy retailer in Alberta. Note that while ENMAX also offers regulated rate electricity for customers in Calgary, Cardston, Crowsnest Pass, Fort Macleod, Ponoka, and Red Deer, in this article we will only compare ENMAX's competitive retail activities. ENMAX's primary offer is its EasyMax product, which includes both fixed and floating prices for electricity and gas, plus the option to switch between rates (maximum one price type switch per month).

Direct Energy is one of the largest competitive energy retailers in North America, and is based in Houston, Texas. It offers several fixed rate contracts for electricity, as well as fixed and floating prices for natural gas. It also has a sister company, Direct Energy Regulated Services, that sells regulated rate electricity and gas to customers within the ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric service territories.

Summary
ENMAX EasyMax vs. Direct Energy Alberta: Which Should You Choose? (2)ENMAX EasyMax vs. Direct Energy Alberta: Which Should You Choose? (3)
  • Largest competitive energy retailer in North America
  • Multiple fixed & floating competitive energy contracts
  • Available throughout Alberta
  • Calgary-based, largest competitive energy retailer in Alberta
  • One product that offers both fixed and floating energy options
  • Available throughout Alberta

ENMAX vs Direct Energy: Customer Service

Ways to get in touch:

Of the two retailers, Direct Energy offers longer customer service hours (open from 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday to Friday, and Saturdays from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.), which some customers might find more convenient. However, for customers who prefer to communicate via social media, ENMAX appears to be more responsive towards Alberta customers. ENMAX is regularly active on Facebook, and appears to be responsive towards customer enquiries, whereas Direct Energy's Facebook page does not appear to be updated as often. Direct Energy appears to use one Twitter account for its commercial activities in North America, which means that much of its communication is directed towards American customers, and relatively little towards Albertan customers.

Customer Reviews

Both ENMAX and Direct Energy - like all larger competitive energy retailers in Alberta - have both positive and negative reviews about them posted online. As of April 2015, both companies had A+ ratings on the Better Business Bureau, and were responsive towards claims brought to them. Find out more about the customer experience with ENMAX and Direct Energy in our dedicated articles.

ENMAX vs Direct Energy: Compare electricity offers

ENMAX's EasyMax product includes both a fixed (7.79 ¢/kWh) electricity rate and a floating rate option, whereas Direct Energy Alberta offers only fixed rate options for electricity. The two companies also charge different administration fees: Direct Energy charges $9 per site ($4.50 per site when part of a dual fuel plan), while ENMAX charges 23.7¢/day for electricity (about $7.10 per month). The tables below detail the prices you could expect to pay per month and per year based on 8000 kWh yearly consumption, not including distribution & transmission charges, or taxes.

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ENMAX EasyMax vs. Direct Energy Alberta: Which Should You Choose? (4) Electricity Offers

One or Two Year Fixed Electricity Plan
Electricity Rate6.49 ¢/kWh
Monthly Administration Fee$9.00
Annual Costs
Annual Cost (for 7200 kWh)$467.28
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$108
Total Annual Cost (Electricity Cost + Monthly Administration Fee)$575.28
Three Year Fixed Electricity Plan
Electricity Rate6.99 ¢/kWh
Monthly Administration Fee$9.00
Annual Cost (for 7200 kWh)$503.28
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$108
Total Annual Cost (Electricity Cost + Monthly Administration Fee)$611.28

ENMAX EasyMax vs. Direct Energy Alberta: Which Should You Choose? (5) EasyMax Power Only

EasyMax Three-Year Fixed Rate
Electricity Rate6.79 ¢/kWh
Monthly Administration Fee$7.10
Annual Cost (for 7200 kWh)$488.88
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$85.20
Total Annual Cost (Electricity Cost + Monthly Administration Fee)$574.08
EasyMax Five-Year Fixed Rate
Electricity Rate6.99 ¢/kWh
Monthly Administration Fee$7.10
Annual Cost (for 7200 kWh)$503.28
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$85.20
Total Annual Cost (Electricity Cost + Monthly Administration Fee)$588.48
EasyMax Floating Rate
Electricity RateFloating rate + 1 ¢/kWh
Monthly Administration Fee$7.10
Annual Cost* (for 7200 kWh)$491.04
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$85.20
Total Annual Cost (Electricity Cost + Monthly Administration Fee)$576.24

*Annual cost based on historical February 2014 - January 2015 prices for the city of Calgary (6.82 ¢/kWc). Keep in mind that historical prices have no impact on future prices. Rates vary slightly by region (usually by no more than 0.1 ¢/kWh)

Our Take

Unsure of whether to choose a fixed or floating power price? Check out our analysis of the pros and cons of both.

Based on prices, ENMAX's EasyMax is the clear winner with its floating rate option that worked out to being about $75 cheaper over 2014/2015 than the next cheapest fixed-rate option. Direct Energy's 2-year fixed rate works out to being slightly cheaper than ENMAX's EasyMax fixed rate, but customers who consume less than 8000 kWh per year should be aware that the administration charge will become a larger factor in their bill; for a customer who consumes only 1000 kWh per year, Direct Energy's 2 year offer becomes $20 more expensive than ENMAX, because of Direct Energy's administration charges.

For customers who are looking for a long-term (three years or more) fixed-rate contract we recommend ENMAX's EasyMax rate, which is guaranteed for up to five years. Customers on EasyMax can also switch to paying the floating rate if they notice market prices dropping.

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ENMAX vs Direct Energy: Compare gas offers

Direct Energy Alberta has both fixed and floating rates for natural gas and charges a $9.00 per site ($4.50 for dual fuel) administration fee. Direct Energy's fixed rates are for two years only. Customers who wish to purchase a longer-term contract can purchase the Three Year Floating Plan, which is the only competitive natural gas plan to offer a winter price cap of $5.99/GJ. Direct Energy does not offer any longer term fixed rate plans for natural gas (find out why we don't recommend choosing a fixed rate gas plan over the long term).

ENMAX's EasyMax has one fixed rate option and one floating price, and charges about $7.10 per month in administration fees. Customers have the option of switching between floating and fixed rates whenever they wish (maximum one switch per month). EasyMax contracts are for a maximum of five years.

ENMAX EasyMax vs. Direct Energy Alberta: Which Should You Choose? (6) Offers

One Year Fixed Gas Plan
Gas Rate$5.49/GJ
Monthly Administration Fee$9.00
Annual Costs (12 x monthly costs)
Annual Cost (for 120 GJ)$658.80
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$108
Total Annual Cost (Gas Cost + Monthly Administration Fee)$766.80
Two Year Fixed Gas Plan
Gas Rate$5.59/GJ
Monthly Administration Fee$9.00
Annual Costs
Annual Cost (for 120 GJ)$670.80
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$108
Total Annual Cost (Gas Cost + Monthly Administration Fee)$778.80
Three Year Floating Gas Price Plan
Monthly RateFlow-Through Price plus $2.00/GJ
(winter price cap at $5.99)
Monthly Administration Fee$9.00
Annual Costs
Average Annual Cost for 120 GJ*$699.60
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$108
Total Annual Cost (Gas Cost + Monthly Administration Fee)$807.60

*Prices based on average annual 2014/15 price of $5.83/GJ (March 2014 - February 2015). Please note that these are historical prices and do not impact future prices

ENMAX EasyMax vs. Direct Energy Alberta: Which Should You Choose? (7) EasyMax Gas Only

EasyMax Gas Only - Fixed Price, up to five years
Monthly Prices
Gas Rate$4.99
Monthly Administration Fee$7.10
Annual Costs
Annual Cost (for 140 GJ)$598.80
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$85.20
Total Annual Cost (Electricity Cost + Administration Fees)$684.00
EasyMax Gas Only - Floating Price
Gas RateVariable price + 99¢ per GJ
Monthly Administration Fee$7.10
Annual Costs
Annual Cost* (for 120 GJ)$626.40
Annual Cost of Monthly Administration Fee$85.20
Total Annual Cost (Electricity Cost + Monthly Administration Fee)$711.60

*Annual cost based on historical February 2014 - January 2015 natural gas rates for the city of Calgary, which were an average of $5.22/GJ (including transaction fee). Rates vary slightly by region (usually by no more than 1 ¢/GJ )

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Our Take

Once again, ENMAXappears to offer the best rates with their $4.99 fixed rate, and their floating rate, which comes with alower transaction feethan Direct Energy (99¢/GJ, compared to $2/GJ charged by Direct Energy). While Direct Energy may be the only company to offer a winter price cap, its $2.00/GJ transaction fee means that its historical prices have not been far from this $5.99 price cap, which is the same as the fixed rate offered by ENMAX. This also means that the floating rate offered by Direct Energy has worked out to being more expensive than its shorter-term fixed rates. Direct Energy's higher administration fees are also a factor in why its offers are often more expensive than those proposed by ENMAX. This is also something to take into account if you consume less than 140 GJ per year, as the administration fee will take up a larger proportion of your bill.

Even though historical rates have averaged over $4.99/GJ, we still recommend choosing a floating rate for your natural gas, particularly with the fall in oil prices during the summer of 2015

ENMAX vs Direct Energy: Which Should You Choose?

In general, as both electricity and gas prices have recently been quite low and are not expected to rise rapidly in the near future, we recommend choosing a floating rate over a fixed one.

For both electricity and gas, ENMAX's floating EasyMax rates appear to offer the best deal (though their fixed natural gas rate is the lowest currently offered by all energy retailers in Alberta). ENMAX's lower administration charges make it generally a more attractive option to Direct Energy, particularly for customers who don't consume a great deal of energy. The monthly administration charge becomes a more important factor than the energy rate for small energy customers

It is for this reason, however, that dual fuel customers might want to consider Direct Energy, whose dual fuel plans offer a 50% reduction on administration charges ($4.50 per site, instead of $9 for single fuel). We recommend Direct Energy's Comfort & Control Plan for dual fuel, which proposes the same rates as other large energy retailers, but with lower administration fees and some extra rewards. .

Still not sure? Before making your final decision about your energy supplier, you might want to compare customer reviews for Direct Energy and ENMAX.

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FAQs

Who is the best energy provider in Alberta 2022? ›

WE RECOMMEND:
  • Encor by EPCOR: $4.09/GJ on a five-year plan. Admin of $7.00 per month. Free termination.
  • EasyMax by Enmax: $4.09/GJ on a five-year plan. Admin of $7.10 per month. Free termination.
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Are ENMAX and direct energy the same? ›

ENMAX vs Direct Energy: Compare electricity offers

ENMAX's EasyMax product includes both a fixed (7.79 ¢/kWh) electricity rate and a floating rate option, whereas Direct Energy Alberta offers only fixed rate options for electricity.

Who is the cheapest energy supplier in Calgary? ›

The Best Electric Utilities in Calgary Compared
Electric utility companyFixed ratesVariable rates (depending on market prices)
Bow Valley Power8.21¢/kWh-8.6¢/kWh+ 0.47¢/kWh
ATCO Gas6.79¢/kWh+ 0¢/kWh
Origin EnergyContact for more detailsContact for more details
Regional Energy6.49¢/kWh+ 1¢/kWh
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Which is better Atco or direct energy? ›

ATCO has five per cent of the market, and it's rates are nearly identical to EasyMax. No real savings or extra cost there. Direct Energy has 6.5 per cent of the market and offers a $25-per-year cashback option plus a free Google Nest Hub on a five-year electricity contract. But here's where the fees could get you.

Will electricity prices go up in 2022 in Alberta? ›

Posted Jul 5, 2022, 5:36PM MDT. Last Updated Jul 5, 2022, 5:49PM MDT. Your electricity rates may start to go up again as utility providers are increasing their regulated rate option (RRO) to around 15 cent per kWh.

Is ATCO and Direct Energy the same? ›

Direct Energy continues to offer ATCO Gas and ATCO Electric services to residential and business customers through its regulated company Direct Energy Regulated Services.

Is Direct Energy a good provider? ›

Direct Energy is a legitimate energy provider that supplies over 6 million homes in the U.S. and Canada with natural gas and electricity. Its award-winning service is likely to meet your energy needs, and its competitive rates and upfront pricing make it worth considering if you're looking for a new provider.

What is ENMAX EasyMax? ›

EasyMax® by ENMAX Energy

With EasyMax you can have electricity and gas on one bill, choose between fixed or floating rates, switch once per month as your needs change, and no cancellation fees.

Is ENMAX a good company? ›

Is ENMAX a good company to work for? ENMAX has an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5, based on over 239 reviews left anonymously by employees. 77% of employees would recommend working at ENMAX to a friend and 49% have a positive outlook for the business.

What is a good electricity rate in Alberta? ›

At that time, electricity prices were around 2.88 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
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2019 Electricity Regulated Rates in ¢/kWh.
RetailerEPCORENMAX
February6.8 rate cap (7.189)6.8 rate cap (7.009)
March5.9915.914
April6.8 rate cap (6.981)6.067
May6.8 rate cap (6.990)6.390
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Who owns Direct Energy? ›

Direct Energy

Why is my electricity bill so high Alberta? ›

Expensive utility bills in Alberta caused by cold weather, supply and demand and phasing out coal | CTV News.

Which is cheaper ATCO or enmax? ›

Considering additional transmission, delivery, and admin fees, ENMAX's rates are only a few dollars less than Atco's prices.

What is the current natural gas price in Alberta? ›

The Alberta price in September 2021 for natural gas increased to $3.87/GJ (Gigajoule), the highest price it's been for the past 5 years. '

Is gas or electricity cheaper in Alberta? ›

If we talk about Alberta specifically, natural gas is the cheapest and is the point of production for Canadian natural gas. Nearly half of the electricity generation mix comes from coal in Alberta, so a natural gas furnace would be a cheaper option. 1 kWh will cost you 16.55¢/kWh meanwhile, natural gas is only $4.3/GJ.

What is the average power bill in Alberta? ›

Alberta. The average residential cost of electricity in Alberta is $0.166 per kWh, or $166 per month, assuming an average monthly usage of 1,000 kWh. This is down from $0.167 per kWh, or $167 per month in 2020. Our model is based on energy rate data published by the Alberta Utilities Commission.

How can I reduce my electric bill? ›

Before you start
  1. Before you start. Understand your energy bill. ...
  2. Switch off standby. ...
  3. Draught-proof windows and doors. ...
  4. Turn off lights. ...
  5. Careful with your washing. ...
  6. Avoid the tumble dryer. ...
  7. Spend less time in the shower. ...
  8. Swap your bath for a shower.

Why is my energy bill doubled? ›

This increase is because the energy price cap, set by energy regulator Ofgem , is set to jump by 80 per cent to reflect rising wholesale energy costs for energy suppliers.

How do I get out of direct energy contract? ›

You can cancel your account online by logging into your Direct Energy Online Account Manager by entering your User Name and Password anytime. You should have created a User Name and Password when you placed your order online.

Are there two direct energy companies? ›

Direct Energy Alberta and Direct Energy Regulated Services (DERS) are two companies that offer natural gas and power in Alberta. While they share the same parent company, they are in fact two separate companies, and offer slightly different products.

Is ATCO energy good? ›

Insights West's results revealed Suncor and ATCO to have the highest energy rating among consumers. While overall, the average corporate reputation score among all energy brands rated 6.6 on a 10-point scale, Suncor and ATCO each received averaged ratings of 6.9.

Is direct energy being sued? ›

The lawsuit alleges Direct Energy violated the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and claims Direct Energy acted negligently and misrepresented its services. It seeks an injunction to prevent Direct Energy from billing and collecting payment for excessive prices and demands the forgiving of any late or unpaid bills.

Is AEP energy a good deal? ›

The best review categories for AEP Energy are the order experience, with an average of 2.1 stars, and their billing & account management system, with an average of 1.6 stars. This is the overall customer ranking of the retail electricity providers operating in Texas.

Is Stream energy a good company? ›

This company is a scam. I had a rep change my delivery to Stream and after the contract ended, rates were almost twice my local utility. Not worth the change, saved a few dollars, then at the end of the contract was overcharged hundreds.

Should I lock in my natural gas rate Alberta? ›

As forward rates are looking high, we would highly recommend locking in a fixed electricity rate for your homes. Floating natural gas rates are expected to come in around $3.40/GJ for August and September. Short term rates have moved up recently and we may even see some months above $4/GJ this winter.

What are EasyMax rewards? ›

EasyMax® customers who combine electricity and natural gas can receive up to $100 EasyMax Rewards® dollars* over a one year period that can be applied toward ENMAX Energy bills monthly, or yearly. EasyMax customers' statements have an EasyMax Rewards section at the end of their statement.

Is water included with ENMAX? ›

ENMAX reads the water meters, produces the bills and provides customer care services on The City's behalf. One hundred per cent of the fees for water services collected by ENMAX are sent directly to The City, and ENMAX carries out its services in accordance with The City's rates, policies and procedures.

What is rating for direct energy? ›

Direct Energy is reviewed 17th among all of our providers with an average score of 1.82 out of 5.00.

Is there a cancellation fee for ENMAX? ›

You may cancel your EasyMax® plan at any time without penalty by providing us with one month's notice. Call our Customer Care Centre at 310-2010. You agree to pay for the electricity or natural gas we supply to you, based on the agreed upon price, plus applicable charges.

How is it to work for ENMAX? ›

Overall ENMAX is a great company .

The customer was always put in first place. I learned a lot of life skills as far as customer service and putting the customers needs first. The hardest part of the job was leaving it. The most enjoyable part of the job was coworkers and getting to know new hire staff.

What is the average heating cost in Alberta? ›

Alberta's cold winters mean that winter bills are significantly higher than summer bills. For a three bedroom modern townhouse you can expect total monthly electric and gas bills ranging from $280 – $350 per month in the coldest months to $100 -$200 in the summer months.

Are there any energy rebates in Alberta? ›

To help Albertans manage higher winter heating costs due to volatile natural gas prices, we're running an energy rebate program from October 2022 to March 2023 to shield consumers from price spikes.

Who gets the Alberta electricity rebate? ›

According to the province's website, you are automatically eligible for the rebate if you are an electricity customer who: Is currently connected to the system and receive a monthly bill directly from a utility provider; Consumed less than 250 megawatt hours of electricity within the past year; and.

Is Direct Energy going out of business? ›

NRG Energy announced the acquisition of Direct Energy in late July 2020 and confirmed closure on January 5, 2021.

Who owns Direct Energy in Alberta? ›

Direct Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., an energy and services company based in the United States with operations across North America. Direct Energy employs over 100 people right here in Alberta.

Is Direct Energy being sold? ›

Independent power company NRG Energy has completed its $3.6 billion acquisition of retail electricity distribution firm Direct Energy. Through the deal NRG adds more than three million retail customers across North America.

Is electricity cheaper at night in Calgary? ›

During the early morning and late night when the demand for electricity is lowest. We recommend waiting to turn on heavy-use appliances like the laundry and dishwasher until later in the evening to save on energy.

Will utility prices come down? ›

When will my energy bills go down? Some estimates suggest that energy bills could remain high until 2024.

Why are Alberta utilities so high? ›

Direct Energy's regulated rate sits at 16.879 cents/kWh. Outside Edmonton, the utilities commission shows Epcor's regulated rate at about 17.345 cents/kWh. Energy analysts say the rising prices come from a few factors, including high demand on tight supply and the high cost of natural gas.

What is enmax distribution charge? ›

Details: This charge is collected on behalf of the local wires owner to help cover delivery related costs. It is charged regardless of which retail company you choose to supply electricity or natural gas. These charges are reviewed and approved by the regulator for your service area.

Does enmax provide natural gas? ›

That's why, in addition to electricity plans, ENMAX Energy Corporation offers natural gas plans. By purchasing both electricity and natural gas from ENMAX Energy, you can get convenience and efficiency in dealing with one energy retailer.

What is green add on for Direct Energy? ›

What is Green from ENMAX Energy? ​ENMAX Energy's Green Add-on allows you to pay an additional monthly fee to contribute to the purchase of Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) for electricity or carbon offsets for natural gas.

Will Natural Gas Prices Go Up in 2022? ›

Brent To Average $98

Consumption is expected to see a 2.1 million b/d year/year increase for 2022 as a whole before rising another 2.0 million b/d in 2023, according to the agency.

Who has the cheapest natural gas? ›

Utah has the cheapest natural gas rates, coming in at $9.12 per 1,000 cubic feet. That's nearly 8 percent lower than No. 2 Montana. The average rate for the month was $17.57.

Why is my gas bill so high Alberta? ›

Carbon Tax

Since January 2020, Albertans have been required to pay a tax for natural gas usage on each bill. The rate has increased every year and will likely continue to increase in the future. What's the impact of these increases on your bill? Well, this tax has increased by 33% in the last year.

Who has the best energy rates in Alberta 2022? ›

WE RECOMMEND:
  • Encor by EPCOR: $4.09/GJ on a five-year plan. Admin of $7.00 per month. Free termination.
  • EasyMax by Enmax: $4.09/GJ on a five-year plan. Admin of $7.10 per month. Free termination.
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How can I save on my electric bill in Alberta? ›

Make sure your air conditioner is in the shade; it will use 10% less electricity. Start your air conditioner early and let it cool gradually, rather than starting late at a higher setting. Shut closet doors to avoid cooling an unused space. Turn off lights and appliances.

Which is better Atco or direct energy? ›

ATCO has five per cent of the market, and it's rates are nearly identical to EasyMax. No real savings or extra cost there. Direct Energy has 6.5 per cent of the market and offers a $25-per-year cashback option plus a free Google Nest Hub on a five-year electricity contract. But here's where the fees could get you.

Which is cheaper Atco or enmax? ›

Considering additional transmission, delivery, and admin fees, ENMAX's rates are only a few dollars less than Atco's prices.

What is a good electricity rate in Alberta? ›

At that time, electricity prices were around 2.88 cents per kilowatt-hour (kWh).
...
2019 Electricity Regulated Rates in ¢/kWh.
RetailerEPCORENMAX
February6.8 rate cap (7.189)6.8 rate cap (7.009)
March5.9915.914
April6.8 rate cap (6.981)6.067
May6.8 rate cap (6.990)6.390
8 more rows

What is the average power bill in Alberta? ›

Alberta. The average residential cost of electricity in Alberta is $0.166 per kWh, or $166 per month, assuming an average monthly usage of 1,000 kWh. This is down from $0.167 per kWh, or $167 per month in 2020. Our model is based on energy rate data published by the Alberta Utilities Commission.

What is the fixed rate for electricity in Alberta? ›

The fixed electricity rate has a retail fee of 59¢/day. The special discount rate of 8.89¢/kWh applies to the first 1,000 kWh of consumption per month. The standard rate of 9.89¢/kWh applies to all consumption after that. The average house in Alberta uses 600 kWh per month.

Is Direct Energy a good company? ›

Direct Energy is a legitimate energy provider that supplies over 6 million homes in the U.S. and Canada with natural gas and electricity. Its award-winning service is likely to meet your energy needs, and its competitive rates and upfront pricing make it worth considering if you're looking for a new provider.

Is ENMAX a good company? ›

Is ENMAX a good company to work for? ENMAX has an overall rating of 3.6 out of 5, based on over 239 reviews left anonymously by employees. 77% of employees would recommend working at ENMAX to a friend and 49% have a positive outlook for the business.

Who owns direct energy in Alberta? ›

Direct Energy is a wholly owned subsidiary of NRG Energy Inc., an energy and services company based in the United States with operations across North America. Direct Energy employs over 100 people right here in Alberta.

Why is my power bill so high in Alberta? ›

Prices for electricity in Alberta have been higher on average in 2021 when compared to other recent years. A combination of factors including the summer's heatwave, market changes, and supply issues have contributed to recent price increases for many Albertans.

How can I reduce my electric bill? ›

Before you start
  1. Before you start. Understand your energy bill. ...
  2. Switch off standby. ...
  3. Draught-proof windows and doors. ...
  4. Turn off lights. ...
  5. Careful with your washing. ...
  6. Avoid the tumble dryer. ...
  7. Spend less time in the shower. ...
  8. Swap your bath for a shower.

What is the average heating cost in Alberta? ›

Alberta's cold winters mean that winter bills are significantly higher than summer bills. For a three bedroom modern townhouse you can expect total monthly electric and gas bills ranging from $280 – $350 per month in the coldest months to $100 -$200 in the summer months.

Why is my energy bill doubled? ›

This increase is because the energy price cap, set by energy regulator Ofgem , is set to jump by 80 per cent to reflect rising wholesale energy costs for energy suppliers.

Why is natural gas so expensive in Alberta? ›

' Natural gas prices have risen due to lower supplies and rising demand. In North America, there was strong demand in the summer, which resulted in less gas being put into storage for winter months. Prices are now poised to push higher, especially if a colder than normal winter occurs.

Is it better to get fixed or variable electricity? ›

A variable rate means your energy price can vary during the plan. Fixed rate tariffs offer you security, and are often some of the cheapest deals. Though you will usually be tied in for at least a year and will need to pay fees if you want to exit the fixed deal.

Is it better to get a fixed rate for electricity? ›

Fixed-rate tariffs ultimately depend on the conditions of the energy market – if wholesale prices are high, fixed deals will be less attractive. Generally speaking though, if market conditions are good and you shop around, a fixed-rate tariff will be better value than a variable-rate one.

Should you lock in electricity rates in Alberta? ›

Experts warn Albertans to lock in gas and electricity rates as prices set to soar. Energy economists are warning Albertans to review their gas and electricity bills and lock in a fixed rate if they haven't already done so because prices are expected to spike in the coming months.

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