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Residential Sector
British Columbia and Territories1
Table 8: Space Heating Secondary Energy Use by System Type
  1990   2012 2013 2014 2015
Total Space Heating Energy Use (PJ) 87.9   129.7 141.5 137.9 135.8

Energy Use by System Type (PJ)
Heating Oil – Normal Efficiency 9.4   0.2 0.1 0.2 0.1
Heating Oil – Medium Efficiency 0.1   1.2 1.1 1.0 1.0
Heating Oil – High Efficiency 0.0   0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Natural Gas – Normal Efficiency 42.1   4.2 1.9 1.1 0.4
Natural Gas – Medium Efficiency 1.3   31.7 33.2 31.3 28.9
Natural Gas – High Efficiency 2.3   24.4 30.4 33.2 35.9
Electric 9.6   48.6 55.1 51.9 50.7
Heat Pump 0.4   1.8 2.0 2.0 2.0
Other2 2.4   1.3 1.2 1.1 1.0
Wood 2.5   1.6 1.6 1.7 1.6

Dual Systems
Wood/Electric 14.7   11.4 11.2 11.1 11.1
Wood/Heating Oil 2.3   1.1 1.0 0.9 0.9
Natural Gas/Electric 0.6   2.1 2.3 2.2 2.2
Heating Oil/Electric 0.2   0.2 0.2 0.2 0.1

Shares (%)
Heating Oil – Normal Efficiency 10.7   0.2 0.1 0.1 0.1
Heating Oil – Medium Efficiency 0.1   0.9 0.8 0.8 0.7
Heating Oil – High Efficiency 0.0   0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
Natural Gas – Normal Efficiency 47.9   3.3 1.3 0.8 0.3
Natural Gas – Medium Efficiency 1.5   24.4 23.5 22.7 21.3
Natural Gas – High Efficiency 2.7   18.8 21.5 24.1 26.4
Electric 10.9   37.5 39.0 37.6 37.3
Heat Pump 0.5   1.4 1.4 1.4 1.4
Other2 2.7   1.0 0.9 0.8 0.7
Wood 2.8   1.2 1.1 1.2 1.2

Dual Systems
Wood/Electric 16.7   8.8 8.0 8.1 8.1
Wood/Heating Oil 2.7   0.8 0.7 0.7 0.6
Natural Gas/Electric 0.7   1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Heating Oil/Electric 0.2   0.1 0.1 0.1 0.1

Activity
Total Floor Space (million m2) 161.0   275.5 283.7 288.3 292.8
Energy Intensity (GJ/m2) 0.55   0.47 0.50 0.48 0.46
Heat Gains (PJ) 8.0   4.6 3.1 2.3 2.0
Heating Degree-Day Index 0.97   0.96 0.92 0.88 0.83

Footnotes:

1) Data on GHG emissions are presented excluding GHG emissions related to electricity production only.
2) “Other” includes coal and propane.