Appalled big profits are made on survival needs

Editor:

In the interests of conserving energy (and my pension cheque), I have conscientiously followed the tips for less gas usage.

Editor:

In the interests of conserving energy (and my pension cheque), I have conscientiously followed the tips for less gas usage.

I turned down my thermostat, wore extra clothing, washed clothes with cold water and timed my showers, to name a few.

I was delighted to see on my current bill the commodity charge was less. This feeling of good conservationist soon faded as I perused my bill.

Imagine my dismay to find the delivery charges more than my usage.

The breakdown is as follows: delivery charges — 45.5 per cent, commodity charges — 40 per cent, taxes, etc. — 14 per cent.

I also note that the “basic charge,” 23.7 per cent, apparently covers no gas use at all, and I can only assume is pure profit.

It is appalling that governments and gas companies find it necessary for such profit on a basic survival need for Canadians.

Alena Grosso

Williams Lake