Share of heating fuel used in new U.S. single-family housing 1975-2018

This statistic shows the distribution of new single-family houses completed in the United States between 1975 and 2018, by type of heating fuel used. Electricity was used as heating fuel by 39 percent of all such housing units in 2018.

Type of heating fuel used in new single-family houses completed in the U.S. from 1975 to 2018

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Release date

July 2019


United States

Survey time period

1975 to 2018

Supplementary notes

* Includes natural gas and bottled or liquefied petroleum gas (including propane).
** Includes heating oil and kerosene.
Single-family estimates prior to 1999 include an upward adjustment of 3.3 percent made to account for structures built in permit-issuing areas without permit authorization.
Includes houses built for rent (not shown separately).
Missing percentage points due to use of other types or no fuel.
*** 2013: Oil accounted for less than 0.5 percent; 2014, 2015, 2016: oil figure not available.
Other fuels include wood, coal, solar and other types; beginning in 2014, other also includes heating oil and kerosene.

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