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




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 Heating Seasonal Performance Factor of 9.2. The calculations are based on FortisBC natural gas rates as of January 2022, FortisBC electricity rates as of January 2022 for Southern Interior, BC Hydro electricity rates as of January 2022 used for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Whistler and Northern Interior, and heating oil and propane rates as of October 2021 (source: Home Heating Oil & Propane Study, The Sentis Group, October 2021). Calculations include applicable carbon tax. Electricity rates exclude basic charges.

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