WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 27: HEATING SEASON IS HERE
Profile America — Wednesday, October 27th. Unless you live in the Deep South or Hawaii, the home heating season is here again. As the weather gets chilly, people in many parts of the country, concerned about rising energy costs, will be keeping a closer eye on the thermostat. Most homes in the U.S. have central heating, and six-out-of-10 are equipped with a warm-air furnace. Just over one-in-10 has a heat pump, and about the same proportion use steam or hot water as a heating source. The most popular heating fuel is by far natural gas, found in just over half the homes in the country. Fuel oil, while still important in New England, heats less than one-in-10 houses nationally. Coal and wood, which once provided warmth to a majority of Americans, are now used in less than 2 percent of homes. You can find these and more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Statistical Abstract of the United States 2010, t. 966
Profile America is produced by the Public Information Office of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau