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

Squamish annual fuel cost

Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast

Vancouver Island and Sunshine Coast



Northern interior

Northern Interior

Southern 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 FortisBC natural gas rates as of October 2020, FortisBC electricity rates as of January 2020 used for Southern Interior, BC Hydro electricity rates as of April 2020 used for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Whistler and Northern Interior, and heating oil and propane rates as of January 2020 (source: Home Heating Oil & Propane Price Survey for B.C., Participant Research, February 2019). Calculations include applicable carbon tax.

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