Ontario’s Global Adjustment Fee

Anyone who uses power in their home or business is aware of all the extra charges that normally appear on the bills they receive each month. However, often, those charges are not specifically explained, and many people only look at the amount of power they used. They just accept the extra charges without asking too many questions. The power companies implement these charges because of arrangements made with the direct providers of that energy, and therefore must divide a share of that expense among their customers.

Ontario is no exception in that regard. In fact, many Ontarians have likely noticed an increase in the price of their energy bills, even when they try to cut back on their energy use and reduce the amount they pay. That is because of something called the Ontario Global Adjustment Fee.

What Is Ontario’s Global Adjustment Fee?

The Ontario Global Adjustment Fee is a charge that is applied to residential, industrial and commercial energy customers. This fee helps energy companies cover the amount of money they promised to the owners and/or leaders of energy production companies for the energy the provide to them, for them to provide to their customers.

Allow us to clarify. The companies to which you pay your electric bill have to get the energy with which they provide you from somewhere, right? Those are the larger energy industries of which we speak. Energy service providers make agreements with these large energy production companies that involve a minimum amount of revenue they can promise to give said companies. Your energy providers provide a percentage of this money to the industry leaders with whom they made the deals; however, a percentage of YOUR money is also used to provide the rest of that “minimum revenue” amount.

For example, if your power bill is about $100, the percentage would be divided at roughly 75%-25% (maybe a little more, maybe a little less, depending on the specific company through which company you get your power, or depending on the minimum amount of money your company has promised the people from whom they get the power they distribute to you. That means that only about 25% (again, give or take) of your total electric bill is what you and your family actually used in regard to power wattage in a given billing period, and the rest goes to this fee.

Would Conservation Reduce My Electric Bill?

No. What happens when a person (or people, or company) starts conserving the energy is that they end up making up the difference in their bill by getting a higher global adjustment fee charge. Basically, whatever you save in personal (or business) usage, you end up paying in fees. So, your bill will likely not go down much (if at all), no matter how reserved you try to be with your energy use.

Will I Know What My Adjustment Fee is?

Depends. Often, residential customers have their fee incorporated in their average kw usage. So, unless you know exactly what you are reading, and you happen to know exactly how much power wattage you used, you likely won’t know the difference between your actual power payment and the fee. However, many businesses and industrial proprietors get a separate charge on their bills, and they can see roughly what their “share” of the Ontario Global Adjustment fee is.

However, it is important to note that this charge is not done out of malice. Your power company, no matter how many dependable customers they have, they cannot foot the entirety of the adjustment fee bill alone. Furthermore, even though they are distributing the power supply they receive, they cannot regulate every individual person’s or company’s use of the power they’re distributing. Therefore, the idea behind the Ontario Global Adjustment Fee is to ensure that everyone, from energy companies to their consumers, helps pay this fee, to continue ensuring plentiful power supply for everyone.

Is There Anything I Can Do to Minimize My Bill if I’m Struggling to Pay it?

As we said, power conservation isn’t the answer. That just means that you will pay more toward the adjustment fee to make up the difference. However, there is something, for certain customers (certain businesses and industries) called “peak shaving.” What that means is that there are ways to keep power usage at a minimum during what power companies and providers call “peak hours” at a minimum. Peak hours are the hours during which everyone (or a vast majority of people and/or companies) use power at the same time or use a great deal of power all at once. Companies, and even residential addresses, can do things like buying generators to use during these peak hours, which will “shave off” some of the expenses you would normally pay, which of course would rise during the peak hours.

If you need more information about the Ontario Global Adjustment Fee, or about how you can regain a little control of your electricity bill, consult your power company, or a website experienced with how this adjustment fee works.

Is WordPress Good for SEO?

Is wordpress good for SEO?

If you’re just looking for a quick yes or no answer, I’ll save you the trouble of having to read through an entire article to get a simple answer because the answer is YES. However if you’d like to know more, in this article I’ll break down why WordPress is good for SEO and even include a few tips on how to improve your SEO with a WordPress website. Of course if you prefer you could always hire a Toronto SEO services but for the purpose of this article I’m assuming you want to do it yourself.

First of all, the above may have been an over simplification. There are scenarios where WordPress may not be the best or ideal platform to build your website on strictly in terms of SEO. However for the vast majority of cases, WordPress is an ideal solution because of it’s ease of customization and ease of use. WordPress allows you to install plugins which allow you to customize the platform to meet your needs. The good news is that there’s a ton of plugins to customize it in almost any way you could possibly want. Out of the box, that is to say without any additional plugins or customization, WordPress delivers a platform that is streamlined and offers fast load times which is very important to SEO.

Once you’ve got WordPress installed, there’s a plugin called Yoast SEO. Yoast allows you to take full control over the SEO of your site. One of the main features is it’s page SEO score along with the SEO Checklistreadability score. As you’re entering new posts into your blog, you can see how well you’re writing the copy. It allows you to set your focus keyword for each post and then lets you know your score in how Google and other search engines would rank the copy in regards to that keyword. It is very helpful as opposed to having to copy and paste your post into a separate program or website to analyze the content.

Another very important factor is that it allows you to edit the meta information including description and title for each and every post and page on your site. Your title is very important to SEO and unfortunately out of the box WordPress doesn’t have your page titles setup in an ideal way. By installing Yoast SEO plugin you can quickly take control of your page titles to make sure you’re getting the maximum SEO benefit.

Last but not least, Yoast SEO also helps you setup the more technical side of SEO including canonical URLs, indexing preferences, XML and RSS fees, the Robots.txt and .htaccess files, breadcrumbs and much more. Not only will these features help with SEO, but they’ll also help your users enjoy the content on your website more, so it’s a win-win situation for everybody.

The other main benefit of using WordPress for your website is the versatility it offers. You can use WordPress as a content management system for basically any website, you can use it as a blog or if you’re looking to open an ecommerce website you can install WooCommerce plugin and begin selling things on your WordPress with relative ease. Overall, due to the ability to customize WordPress and it’s versatility, it’s highly recommended. Even if this is your first website, there’s no need to be intimidated, WordPress is very easy to learn and requires no programming or design skills. It’s all push button and the end result is a very professional and sleek looking website.