Natural Gas Use

Natural gas is the single-largest form of energy used in Canadian homes

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Natural gas is an important part of Canada’s energy mix and is the single-largest form of energy used in Canadian homes. Over six million Canadians use natural gas to light, heat and cool their houses, heat their water, and cook their food. Natural gas is increasingly used in energy-efficient furnaces and appliances such as dryers. 

Natural gas currently provides 13 per cent of Canada’s electricity generation, and because it can be delivered quickly and affordably it is an excellent partner for intermittent renewable power sources such as wind and solar.

Benefits of natural gas

For consumers, any reduction in energy costs while enjoying the same or improved level of service is a significant benefit. It means money saved for families in their homes (heating, cooking food, and fueling vehicles) and for businesses to become more competitive and expand. In Canadian homes, natural gas helps deliver significant savings per household when it is chosen over other energy options (electricity, propane and heating oil) for space and water heating. In fact, homeowners who energize their homes with natural gas can save over $2,000 per year on their energy bills (Source: CGA 2016).

Natural gas provided for over 32 per cent of energy demand in Canada in 2015, second only to motor vehicle fuels (38 per cent) and significantly more than electricity (21 per cent). Considering that natural gas absorbs just nine per cent of the total energy spending budget of Canadians, its value to Canadians and the economy is significant (Source: Statistics Canada).

Natural gas is a vital source of energy for Canada and is an important, affordable part of Canada’s energy mix.

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Other uses of natural gas

Heavy-duty fleet owners are switching to natural gas to fuel their trucks and buses to reduce fuel costs and to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions - by 17 to 19 per cent. (Source: Go With Natural Gas – a Canadian collaborative industry-government)

Natural gas is used extensively in the industrial sector both as a heat source and as a feedstock for a number of industrial processes in the petrochemical industry.

Key facts about using natural gas in Canada

  • 91 per cent of Canadas’s natural gas customers in 2015 were residential. (Source: Statistics Canada and Canadian Gas Association)
  • In 2014, 452,787 kilometres of pipeline delivered natural gas to customers in Canada. (Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Gas Association)
  • The average yearly amount Canadian residential customers spent on natural gas in 2014 was $1,039. (Source: Statistics Canada, Canadian Gas Association)