Additional Housing Costs

Have you considered the following costs associated with moving?

Telephone

In order to get a telephone, you’ll be required to show two pieces of identification: either two major credit cards or two pieces of government ID (driver’s license or birth certificate). Health cards are NOT considered as an acceptable form of identification.

If phone jacks exist in the apartment, the hook-up service is $55.00 and will appear on the first bill. The monthly fee for a standard, touch-tone service is $23.00, plus the cost of a phone if you do not have one. Long-distance & all other features are extra.

To set up the service, call 310-Bell (310-2355) to make arrangements. Call between Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. & Saturday 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Or visit one of the following Bell Centres:

Kingston Centre
613-545-022
1096 Princess St.
Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun 12-5 p.m.
Taylor-Kidd Marketplace
613-384-0001
599 Taylor-Kidd Rd.
Mon-Fri, 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun 12-5 p.m.
Cataraqui Town Centre
613-634-7105
945 Gardiner’s Road
Mon-Fri, 9:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.
Sat. 9:30 a.m.-6 p.m.
Sun 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

Cable

The connection charge for cable is $49.99 and the basic monthly rate is $27.99 including taxes. Other cable packages can range from $46.99 to $75.99. Cogeco Kingston also offers bundling options, combining cable, internet & digital phone – call for details.

To order cable:

Cogeco
Cataraqui Town Centre,
945 Gardiners Rd Kingston, ON K7M 7H4
www.cogeco.ca
Other retail partner locations »
Mon-Fri.: 10 am to 9 pm
Sat.: 9:30 am to 6 pm
Sun.: 11 am to 5 pm
Lower level outside The Bay
Cogeco
171 Colborne St.
Kingston, ON
1-800-267-9000 Phone service
Billing office 8 a.m.- 9 p.m. 7 days/wk

Utilities Kingston

Service available by calling 613-546-0000 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., Monday to Friday. or online at www.utilitieskingston.com.

A charge of $15.00 plus HST for EACH service required (water, electricity, gas, and sewer).
A Security Deposit is required on accounts. However, if one of the following is provided, no deposit is necessary:

1) Letter of reference from another electricity or gas provider. Letter must be received 45 days prior to date of service required and must cover the previous 24 months.

OR

2) A satisfactory Credit Check, at your expense, covering the past 3 years. This check must be received 45 days prior to the date of service required.

The deposit will be billed in quarterly installments, starting with the first quarter on the date of service and will appear on the first bill. The following three-quarters will be applied over the following three bills. For more information, please contact Utilities Kingston.

Survival Tips

If you sublet your apartment or house, make sure that the person(s) to whom you sublet signs a contract with the appropriate utility company otherwise you will be held responsible for any further charges.
The highest portion of your energy cost is heating. To keep costs down, do the following:

1) Never set the thermostat or control higher than the desired temperature (setting it higher will not heat your place more quickly.)

2) Keep your apartment or house at a cooler temperature and wear a sweater.

3) Seal windows with plastic or removable caulking, as air leakage is the largest source of heat loss. Ask your landlord to replace worn or defective weather stripping.
Hot water heating is the 2nd largest user of energy. To keep costs down, do the following:

1) Set the water temperature between 54 degrees Celsius (130 degrees Fahrenheit) and 60 degrees Celsius (140 degrees Fahrenheit).

2) Limit your time in the shower. Showers use less water than baths.

3) Ask your landlord to install an energy efficient shower head. A standard shower head uses 11.0 litres/min of hot water, while an energy efficient water head uses 2.7 litres/min.

4) Have leaking taps fixed as soon as possible. (1 drop/sec = 800 litres/min)

5) If you’re not using an appliance, turn it off. The balance of your energy bill is made of energy used by lights, stereos, computers, small appliances, refrigerators and stoves.

Canada Post Change of Address

You need to complete a change of address at least 10 days prior to your move. Forms are available at your local postal outlet. You will begin to receive mail at your new address 5 to 10 days after the effective date change. The cost of a permanent change of residential address anywhere in Canada for 6 months is $37.00 plus GST if you are moving within the province. For more information, contact Canada Post at 1-800-267-1177 or www.canadapost.ca

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