The utilities each household pays each month can vary, depending on personal requirements and community. For example, water and wastewater services are a municipal government service and will vary in each municipality. The amount of water, heat or electricity used by a household will also depend on the number of people living there. When you are renting, depending on your lease agreement, some of the utility costs will be included in your rent, and some you may be required to pay for separately.
Common utility costs include:
- Heat (gas, oil or electric)
- Water (municipal service or well and septic)
- Cable television
When you move into a house or an apartment, be sure to ask the landlord or the real estate lawyer about how to connect to the necessary utilities. Local settlement service agencies can also provide assistance with questions about accessing local utilities.
In some cases, financial assistance is available to people who are facing difficulty with their energy costs and are at risk of having their energy disconnected. Housing Resource Centres in Simcoe County will provide information and referrals to the appropriate community services.
To learn more about local utility companies in Simcoe County, dial 211, a free, 24/7, confidential, multilingual helpline that helps people find services in their community. 211 is accessible through TTY at 1-888-340-1001. Visit www.infosimcoecounty.ca or click here to learn more about 211.