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 & Squamish


Vancouver Island & 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 ft. 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 are based on FortisBC natural gas rates as of April 2019, FortisBC electricity rates as of April 2018 used for Southern Interior, BC Hydro electricity rates as of April 2019 used for Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island, Whistler and Northern Interior, and heating oil and propane rates as of February 2019 from the 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.