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Fuel Oil and Propane Space Heating Across the United States
Fifty-nine percent of all U.S. households are still dependent on fossil fuels for primary space heating, according to the most recent 2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). Natural gas is the most prevalent space [...]
U.S. Policy Approaches to Support EU Energy Sector Diversification
War, Energy, and Politics As the largest single supplier of piped gas and petroleum to the European market, Russia has long brandished its energy resources as geopolitical leverage against its Western neighbors. In [...]
Northeast Leads the Charge to Electrify the Built Environment
Buildings are the second-largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Northeast, trailing only transportation. In dense metropolitan areas, buildings are responsible for as much as two-thirds of all emissions, as is the [...]
Measuring the Impact of Fuel Switching and Substitution Policies on Fossil Fuel Use
Introduction Direct fossil fuel combustion in residential and commercial buildings accounts for approximately 13 percent of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States. Due to recent technological and market advancements, low-carbon [...]
Trends in Residential Heat Pump Adoption in the United States
Electric heat pumps have become an increasingly popular option for efficient heating and cooling in residential homes across the country. In many cases, replacing the existing fossil fuel based heating system with an electric [...]
Gas Reigns, Electricity Lags: A Brief History of Home Heating in the Northeast
As seen on Buildings Hub, fuel combustion in residential and commercial buildings for heating, cooling, and cooking generated 13 percent of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions in 2019. Every region in the United States [...]