To try to understand we will need some data on both costs to the homeowner and a means to compare “apples to apples”. In this case we will be comparing the cost per kilowatt in the case of electricity, and the cost of a cubic metre for natural gas. Once we get these, we will need to convert them to the cost per b.t.u. – which is a common measurement used in heating.


It might be easiest to start at converting kw and cubic metres into btu’s – or in this case one million btus.


For natural gas, there are 35,500 btu’s in a cubic metre of natural gas. Again, divide the 1,000,000 by 35,500 – leaving 28.17 cubic metres of gas in a million btu’s.

When trying to determine the actual cost of a cubic metre of gas or a kilowatt hour of electricity, it is important to roll ALL OF THE COSTS IN! So for this exercise, I will take the fully loaded rates off of the respective websites.

FortisBC has compared the cost of natural gas, electricity and heating oil. You can read the full analysis here: Cost Comparisons


To learn how to read your meter, read this: Read Your Meter

A FortisBC Gas Meter is $30 for most houses. FortisBC has compiled information on how much you could save by switching to Natural Gas. You can calculate your energy costs here: Calculate Costs

You can also see common natural gas rates throughout British Columbia here: Natural Gas Rates.