Fuel cost comparison

Natural gas is about one third—or less—than the cost of electricity and other options like heating oil or propane. 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




Northern interior


Southern interior


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 an HSPF of 8.2. The calculations are based on rates current as of April 2020, including FortisBC natural gas rates FortisBC electricity rates for Southern Interior, BC Hydro electricity rates for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Whistler and Northern Interior, and heating oil and propane rates from the Home Heating Oil & Propane Price Survey for B.C., Participant Research. Calculations include applicable carbon tax.

Savings may vary by household and do not include potential rebates and/or incentives.