Homeowners in Inuvik can expect their heating costs to increase by up to $30 a month this winter.
That's because Inuvik Gas will end its temporary rebate program for customers.
Last fall, a shortage of natural gas forced the company to switch to a synthetic blend of fuel. To keep the blend from freezing in the pipes, Inuvik Gas installed a heating system to keep the pipes warm.
A rebate program helped offset the extra electrical costs for customers last year. But starting this fall, customers will have to pay.
"The heat trace is on a thermostat," says Kevin Mackay, the General Manager for the utility. "They're set for … around zero degrees Celsius, and the heat-trace rebate went from November to the end of May."
Inuvik Gas' contract as the town's utility expires next August and Mackay says talks are scheduled next month with the town to discuss their next steps.