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Appliances & heating systems

Natural gas. Good for cost-saving cosiness.

Natural gas is about one third the cost of electricity.* At the same time, natural gas heating systems and appliances can add comfort and convenience to your home. FortisBC natural gas rates remain at some of their lowest in the past decade, making natural gas an affordable luxury to come home to.

Residential Gas $/kWh Price Comparison*

 

Based on rates for Mainland BC as of December 2017. Note: Natural gas use is typically measured in gigajoules (GJ). In order to compare the cost of natural gas and renewable natural gas with electricity, which is measured in kilowatt hours (kWh), we did a conversion from GJ to kWh so we can compare the cost of all four in the same terms.



 
 

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 Space heating

 

More than half of your home’s energy goes to space heating. Energy-efficient natural gas heating systems can help you save money and keep you warm and cosy.


 

 Indoor living

 

​Natural gas appliances add comfort to your home, whether it’s warm clothes from the dryer or the cosy ambience of a natural gas fireplace.​



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 Backup power

 

A natural gas generator can give you peace of mind that your electronics, fridge, lighting and security system will continue to run during a power outage.

 


 

 Water heating

 

​A water heater is the second largest energy user in your home. Natural gas helps save expenses, while keeping up with your family’s demand for hot water. 


 

 Cooking

 

Instant heat and precise temperature control are just two reasons why chefs prefer cooking with gas. Explore the “range” of natural gas appliances in the kitchen.  



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 Outdoor living

 

​Extend natural gas piping to the patio and enjoy your backyard year-round with convenient outdoor natural gas appliances.


 

View calculations and fuel sources*

1 Estimated cost of natural gas/per day is approximately $2.13. Natural gas usage and costs are averages based on the FortisBC rates as of January 1, 2017 for a residential customer in the Lower Mainland based on a sample annual bill of 90 gigajoules (GJ) for a year. Costs include fixed daily charges and all applicable levies and taxes including carbon tax. Actual consumption and costs may vary.
2 Source: Natural Resources Canada, Office of Energy Efficiency, Comprehensive Energy Use Database, residential sector, BC, Table 2: Secondary Energy Use, 2012.
3 These are approximate annual costs for space heating of a typical household in specific FortisBC and BC Hydro service areas as identified. A typical household is defined as an existing single family house approx. 2,300 square ft. with average insulation. Anticipated savings will be the difference between annual natural gas, electricity, heating oil or propane costs for various heating equipment. Calculations compare the most energy-efficient heating equipment currently available for natural gas furnace heating, electric resistance heating, oil furnace heating and propane furnace heating, and are based on FortisBC natural gas rates as of January 2017, FortisBC electricity rates as of January 2017 used for Southern Interior, BC Hydro electricity rates as of April 2016 used for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Whistler and Northern Interior, and heating oil and propane rates as of July 2016. These include applicable carbon tax. Savings may vary by household and do not include potential rebates and/or incentives.