Natural gas is the most widely consumed energy source in American homes, followed by electricity, heating oil, and propane. Natural gas and heating oil (fuel oil) are used mainly for home heating. Electricity may also be used for heating and cooling, plus it lights our homes and runs almost all of our appliances including refrigerators, toasters, and computers. Many homes in rural areas use propane for heating, while others use it to fuel their barbecue grills.
In 2005, for main fuel used for heating and operating equipment:
* 56% use natural gas
* 26% use electricity
* 7% use fuel oil
* 6% use liquefied petroleum gases (LPG)
* 1% use kerosene
See the attached site for a great breakdown!
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