Why choose natural gas
If you’re considering your energy options, natural gas is a safe, reliable source of energy that’s easy to use in your home or business. Here are a few more reasons to choose natural gas:
FortisBC’s natural gas is about one third the cost of electricity in BC, so it’s a great energy choice for British Columbians who want to save money.
For example, space heating uses up the largest amount of energy in your home—see the space heating fuel cost comparison below:
Average annual space heating cost comparison for Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast1
- Check out the annual fuel cost comparison for all areas of BC where we deliver natural gas.
- Use our home energy calculator to compare the cost of
running your existing system with a new natural gas system.
Get big rebates when you connect to gas.
If you connect to natural gas and install a natural gas heating system or heating and hot water system, and add an optional outdoor appliance, you could be eligible for rebates up to $3,000.
Take the affordable path to lower carbon energy.
BC’s natural gas has an important role to play in helping our province meet its climate action goals. Natural gas is the cleanest fossil fuel,2 and it’s an abundant, local energy source with existing infrastructure that helps British Columbians heat their homes in a cost-effective way.
The future of natural gas
We’re focused on keeping this affordable energy available for our customers, while lowering the carbon footprint of natural gas by increasing the amount of carbon-neutral Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) in our system, and exploring the possibilities of adding hydrogen gas to our system.3 In fact, we’re aiming to produce 15 per cent of our natural gas supply with RNG and hydrogen by 2030.
Supporting energy conservation
While more British Columbians are now using natural gas—we have more than 1 million customers—they’re using it more efficiently than ever, thanks to growing awareness of energy conservation, provincial energy policies and building codes that support energy-efficient retrofits and new construction and high-efficiency new appliances. We’re proud to help every British Columbian save energy and reduce emissions with our rebates on efficient appliances, our conservation programs and energy-saving tips.
Learn how we’re partnering for climate action.
Enjoy the convenience and cosiness only natural gas appliances can offer.
Natural gas space and water heating systems are up to 98 per cent efficient, and natural gas appliances provide unique comfort and convenience:
- get precise temperature control and instant heat with natural gas cooking appliances
- get cosy at the flick of a switch with natural gas indoor fireplaces
- enjoy instant heat and forget about tank refills with natural gas barbecues
- enjoy your backyard year-round with the warmth of natural gas patio heaters, outdoor fireplaces or fire pits
There’s also outdoor natural gas heating for your pool, backup generators and more.Learn more about natural gas heating systems and appliances.
1These 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 a single family house approx. 2,300 square feet 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 an air source heat pump with Heating Seasonal Performance Factor of 9.2. The calculations are based on FortisBC natural gas rates as of April 2021, FortisBC electricity rates as of January 2020 used for Southern Interior, BC Hydro electricity rates as of April 2021 used for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Whistler and Northern Interior, and heating oil and propane rates as of January 2021 (source: Home Heating Oil & Propane Study, Sentis Market Research, January 2021). Calculations include applicable carbon tax.
2According to the National Institutes of Health, “Natural gas is the cleanest of all fossil fuels and the main products of combustion of natural gas are carbon dioxide and water vapor.”
3Offsetters, Canada’s leading carbon management solutions provider, independently reviewed FortisBC’s Renewable Natural Gas offering. Offsetters assessed the expected lifecycle emissions savings of Renewable Natural Gas and confirmed that Renewable Natural Gas meets the requirements to be granted Offsetters’ Carbon Neutral Product status in BC, in their report Offsetters’ Biomethane Greenhouse Gas Emissions Review for FortisBC.