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Winter electricity bills

Our BC winters can get truly chilly, prompting many of us to crank up the heat at home. Unfortunately, this typically means higher electricity bills. We know any increase in bills can make it more difficult to manage household finances – so we're here to help. Learn more about the ways we can help.

Know how your energy is used

Did you know that your energy use in winter increases by up to 50 per cent1 over summer?

Your energy use increases in winter over summer by:

Also consider how much energy is used in heating your home and water. Depending on consumption, space and water heating can account for approximately 60 per cent2 of your home’s total annual energy use. 

Average energy use in a home

Track your electricity use

We have an online tool that lets you see how your electricity use changes at different times including weekly, daily and hourly – helping you to find ways to save energy. Try it today.

Save with home energy-saving tips

There are a number of things you can do at home to save on electricity and to extend the life of your appliances – from how you use your appliances to low-cost techniques such as draftproofing and weatherizing your home. Find out what you can do.

Save with high-efficiency rebates

We have rebates if you want to make energy-efficient upgrades to your home. Plus, we offer free conservation programs for income-qualified customers. Learn more about these programs.

Call us – we’re here to help

We’re here to help you year-round with your bill concerns. Together, we’ll find solutions that may include payment arrangements. For example, we could switch you to monthly billing or sign you up for our Equal Payment Plan, which offers fixed monthly payments that avoid seasonal highs and lows.

Call us at today 1-866-436-7847.


1Based on 2,200 kWh of electricity use over a 2-month period. Customers with low consumption may see an increase less than 3.5 per cent while bills with high consumption may see an increase of more than 3.5 per cent.

2Source: 2012 FortisBC Residential End-Use survey: Energy Consumption for Electric Only Single Family Dwellings, Electrically Heated House – 20,800 kWh per year average use.