Thermostats cranked furnaces rumble as temperatures plummet across Saskatchewan

first_imgREGINA – A new daily natural gas consumption record has been set in Saskatchewan as homeowners and industry turn up the heat to cope with this week’s bone-chilling temperatures.SaskEnergy says the record of 1.43 petajoules was set in a 24-hour period between 9 a.m. Dec. 26 and 9 a.m. Dec. 27.That’s seven per cent higher than the record set last winter and it shatters new levels set on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day of this year.A petajoule is a unit of measurement equivalent to one million gigajoules of natural gas.The utility says the average home in Saskatchewan uses about 102 gigajoules of natural gas annually.Environment Canada is forecasting a low Friday night in the Regina area alone of -36 C with a daytime high on Saturday of -31 C, and not much relief from the deep freeze until possibly next week. (The Canadian Press, CKRM)last_img read more