Fuel cost comparison
Natural gas remains an affordable option when compared to other energy choices such as electricity. Want to know how much you can save by switching to natural gas? Use our home energy calculator, or check out the graphs below to see approximate annual space heating cost comparisons for typical households in your area:1
Lower Mainland and Squamish
Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast
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 Renewable Natural Gas (RNG), 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 9.3. The calculations are based on FortisBC natural gas rates as of July 2022, FortisBC electricity rates as of January 2022 for Southern Interior, BC Hydro electricity rates as of April 2022 used for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Whistler and Northern Interior, and heating oil and propane rates as of April 2022 (source: Home Heating Oil & Propane Study, The Sentis Group, April, 2021). Calculations include applicable carbon tax as of April 2022. Electricity rates exclude basic charges. The cost of RNG depends on the blend you choose. The FortisBC biomethane (or RNG) rate is as of January 2022. You can designate 5, 10, 25, 50 or 100 per cent of the natural gas you use as RNG. You'll also receive a credit on the BC carbon tax on your bill, depending on the blend you choose.
Savings may vary by household and do not include potential rebates and/or incentives.
Renewable Natural Gas is produced in a different manner than conventional natural gas. It is derived from biogas, which is produced from decomposing organic waste from landfills, agricultural waste and wastewater from treatment facilities. The biogas is captured and cleaned to create carbon neutral RNG (also called biomethane).