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Natural gas. Good for local business.

From mom and pop shops to popular community centres and bustling office towers—natural gas helps keep operating costs down.

But that’s not the only reason businesses choose natural gas. See why many of BC’s top chefs prefer natural gas to prepare their meals:

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These local businesses and facilities are using natural gas to improve their bottom lines:



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​Natural gas. Good for luxury landmarks.

Oak Bay Beach Hotel

Victoria’s Oak Bay Beach Hotel, an oceanfront icon since 1927, was reopened in 2012 to mounting local anticipation. Michelle Le Sage, the general manager, says the hotel combines the charms of the old with the comforts of the new—and natural gas helps maintain the business’s multi-award-winning industry standards.

The hotel's present incarnation was constructed over a painstaking six-year process, in which 95 per cent of the furnishings and materials from the original building were repurposed. Michelle’s favourite features are the four heritage natural gas fireplaces that warm and adorn the lobby, dining room, pub and cafe.

While the fireplaces blend form with function, natural gas is also a key feature behind the scenes. It fuels the rooms’ heating and the kitchen ranges, and provides a back-up heat system for the seaside mineral baths.

“It’s the most clean-burning, economical and efficient source of energy available,” says Michelle, “and of course it’s the highest professional standard for cooking.”

That’s energy at work. 


​Renewable natural gas. Good for grassroots grocers.

Choices Markets

Natural gas is the right energy choice for Choices Markets. “It’s cost-efficient and reliable, and allows us to use gas-fired ovens in our gourmet delis,” says Jon Janower, Choices Markets chief operating officer. They received rebates from FortisBC for purchasing new energy-efficient ovens, making it even more affordable to cook with natural gas.

Recently, the BC-owned and operated grocery chain has become a proud renewable natural gas subscriber.

“We strive to become more sustainable in every facet of our business,” Jon said. “It was a natural fit for us to align ourselves with FortisBC and use renewable natural gas, especially since it’s produced locally in BC.”

FortisBC works with local suppliers who turn organic waste from sources such as landfill sites and agriculture waste into biogas, which is then purified to become renewable natural gas that’s injected into our system. Choices Markets and other FortisBC customers who sign up for a renewable natural gas blend are supporting the growth of renewable energy in BC.—now more affordable than ever.

That’s energy at work. 


​Natural gas. Good for quality cuisine.

Flamingo House Chinese Restaurant

Natural gas provides intense, instant heat, and it’s one of the keys to cooking quality Chinese cuisine. According to chef Pui Tong Ip at the Flamingo House Chinese Restaurant in Vancouver, “no other energy source will do.”

Chef Ip has been working at the restaurant for decades. Both staff and customers are treated like family at the Flamingo House, making loyalty an essential ingredient of its success—along with their famous dim sum and authentic and fusion Chinese cuisine.

Today, the Flamingo House serves the great-grandchildren of the customers who dined at the restaurant when it first opened in 1974. Since day one, this family-run business has relied on affordable natural gas to keep their restaurant cosy and their heating costs low.

That’s energy at work. 


​Natural gas. Good for family recipes.


Cioffi's takes pride in offering customers the best Italian food from their market and café in Burnaby Heights.

Natural gas is an essential ingredient in this family business, founded by Rino Cioffi with his father Antonio in 1990. It’s used for space heating throughout the business, but is especially important in the Cucina, where Mamma Cioffi makes her famous tomato sauce weekly on the natural gas range.

“Without natural gas, we wouldn’t be able to have a kitchen. It helps us run efficiently and get the proper cooking temperatures. To serve all our customers, natural gas cooking equipment is essential,” said Rino.

That’s energy at work. 


​Natural gas. Good for doggone good deals.

Fetch! Dog Daycare and Grooming

At Fetch! Dog Daycare and Grooming in Coquitlam, furry family members are well taken care of, with help from natural gas.

Co-owners Courtney Worsley and Tina Ho chose efficient natural gas space and water heating equipment, which helps them to save energy costs while creating a warm and comfortable atmosphere. Plus, it gives them all the warm water needed to make doggy bath time a happy time.

“Our customers trust us to provide the best care and comfort for their dogs, whether it’s grooming or daycare. Natural gas provides the most affordable energy to run our business and keep our customers happy,” said Courtney. .

That’s energy at work. 


​Natural gas. Good for ale sales.

Moody Ales

Moody Ales opened in 2014, and the Port Moody craft brewery has already gained fans of their local and seasonal beers made on site with Canadian ingredients.

For co-founders Dan Helmer and Adam Crandall, affordable natural gas is part of the brewing process, heating the big brewing kettle where water, hops, grains and flavours mingle and get to know one another. Similarly, natural gas heaters help keep the warehouse and tasting room at the right temperature for customers and staff.

“We take pride in offering a wide variety of unique, small-batch beers, and natural gas is a part of making a high-quality product while helping to keep our costs down,” said Dan..

That’s energy at work. 


​Natural gas. Good for saving dough.

Valley Bakery

Valley Bakery in Burnaby Heights is well known for baking up quality goods for almost 60 years with the help of affordable natural gas.

Good for saving dough, natural gas is this family-owned bakery’s energy choice for making artisan breads, pastries and owner Jack Kuyer’s favourite whipped cream cakes.

“Natural gas is cost-effective and conducive to better baking,” said Jack. And he should know as they use natural gas for baking, steaming and candy-making, as well as space heating and hot water.

That’s energy at work. 


​Natural gas. Good for visionary hotels.

Skwachàys Lodge

Part hotel, part artists’ gallery and residence, Skwachàys Lodge in historic downtown Vancouver has a vision all its own, and natural gas is a part of it.

Good for lowering operating costs and saving energy, affordable natural gas is used for space heating, hot water and cooking. A FortisBC rebate for kitchen appliances helped cook up even more savings.

“I’m responsible for our operations and natural gas helps manage our costs,” said Maggie Edwards, general manager, Skwachàys Lodge.

That's energy at work. 


​Natural gas. Good for savvy shoppers.


For Turnabout owner Joy Lapka Mauro, it’s all about creating a comfortable atmosphere for her customers to shop in. And affordable natural gas helps her do just that.

When you have a yen for fabulous finds, you visit Turnabout in South Granville, the flagship of five stores specializing in high fashion at discount prices.

“Natural gas quickly warms up my stores, creating a cosy, homey feeling inside. Plus, I like that the heating systems are easy to care for with regular maintenance and cleaning.”

That’s energy at work.


​Natural gas. Good for industry training.

HAVE Culinary Training Society

For the HAVE Culinary Training Society, affordable natural gas is used for space and water heating. And, in the kitchen, natural gas is a star performer.

The culinary training school, café and caterer provides foodservice job training and work opportunities to people in Vancouver who experience barriers to employment.

For Amber Anderson, Certified Chef Cuisine and Executive Director, natural gas is an essential part of the experience. “Training students in a natural gas kitchen is the only option. All the big hotels and places they will be working, cook with natural gas.”

That’s energy at work.


​Natural gas. Good for local favourites.

Displace Hashery

For Duncan Stewart, co-owner of Displace Hashery in Vancouver – it’s not just about serving up award winning burgers – it’s about providing a comfortable atmosphere for customers. In addition to natural gas for central heating, they use gas to cook up the local favourite El Supremo burger.

“It’s all about running an efficient operation and ensuring customers keep coming back. Natural gas helps in both ways.”

Recently, they received a rebate from FortisBC for installing a high-efficiency natural gas deep fryer, which made the cost of upgrading from standard to high-efficiency an easy decision.

That’s energy at work.


​Natural gas. Good for customer experience.

Bauhaus Restaurant

Gastown’s Bauhaus Restaurant is located in a renovated 125 year-old building, where natural gas plays a part in the overall dining experience.

Executive Chef, Stefan Hartmann agrees “the ultimate customer experience is what we’re offering, and natural gas helps create a cosy, comfortable atmosphere.”

From saving big on space and water heating, to the FortisBC rebate they received for kitchen appliances – natural gas is good for their bottom line.

That’s energy at work.


​Natural gas. Good for keeping budgets afloat.

Bonsor Recreation Complex

Bonsor Recreation Complex is one of Burnaby’s busiest recreation centres. That’s why Richard Ching, energy coordinator at the City of Burnaby, chose to upgrade their boilers to high-efficient natural gas boilers.

The FortisBC rebate they received means more money goes back into improving Bonsor for the future. That’s a benefit the community can get excited about.

That’s energy at work. 


To learn how natural gas equipment, energy efficiency programs and renewable natural gas can benefit your business, contact your FortisBC key account manager.  


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