When the winter weather arrives and the temperature begins to drop, it is time to turn up the thermostat inside. This undoubtedly leads to higher energy costs when those pesky bills arrive.

What can be done?

One of the most common questions asked is what is the cheapest energy source available? There are generally two options being used to heat homes in Abbotsford: electricity or natural gas. Some homes may be equipped with a wood burning fire place, but these costs can vary depending on availability of wood fuel.

Many homes are equipped with electric baseboard heating due to the low cost of installing these. However, the costs of electricity from BC hydro is about four times the cost versus natural gas from Fortis per unit of delivered energy. Fortis BC published that the average annual fuel cost for a home heated using electricity to be $2135 compared to only $525 with natural gas.

In light of this massive energy difference, a natural gas furnace installed by an Abbotsford gas fitter is an essential part of reducing annual heating bills. Also, switching to natural gas water heating will also help to further reduce those costs compared to alternative energy sources.