Residents of Saskatchewan set a new record for natural gas consumption – the second time in just over a week.
SaskEnergy reported on Friday that the 24-hour period ending at 9 a.m. that day saw the use of 1.66 petajoules (PJ) of natural gas. A petajoule is a unit of measurement equivalent to one million gigajoules of natural gas. The average house in Saskatchewan uses about 100 gigajoules per year.
“When we plan for winter use, we prepare for the worst conditions a Saskatchewan winter can offer,” said Ken From, President and CEO of SaskEnergy. “This means we can provide residents and businesses with the natural gas they need any day of the year. Our system is designed to deliver significant amounts of energy during some of the most extreme weather conditions, delivering the natural gas our customers need with 99.99% reliability.
Before the wave of records set during the cold snap, the record was 1.57 petajoules in February 2021. In the past two weeks, the province’s natural gas consumption has exceeded 1.6 petajoules on five occasions.
SaskEnergy recommends a few steps to help conserve energy and save on bills during the colder days of the year. This includes changing the furnace filter every month or two to help the furnace operate efficiently; lower the temperature in the house at night and outside the house; and run the washing machine at loads of cold water, because up to 90% of the energy used to wash clothes just heats the water.