Gas vs. Electricity: The True Cost Of Home Heating In B.C.

It's not always easy to separate the energy used to heat your home from that used to power lights and appliances, heat water, and charge electronics. For example, there are two different electricity rates (or tiers) charged by your utility. After consuming a certain amount of energy each month, you start being charged at a higher rate. Both B.C. Hydro and FortisBC also charge a fixed amount on each bill, in addition to charging for the energy you consume. You can see how it might be difficult to understand the costs and benefits of different heating options.
Metro Vancouver is a highly desirable area to live, surrounded by mountains, water and easy access to the United States and Asia. Also attractive are the region's mild climate, safe environment and recreational outdoors activities. Because of its desirability, immigration from within the country and from overseas continues to grow which in turn affects the demand for housing.