Natural gas is declining as the home heating fuel of choice in all regions of the United States but the Northeast, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. Although gas still dominates everywhere but the South, “lately, electricity has been gaining market share, while natural gas, distillate fuel oil, kerosene, and liquefied petroleum gas (propane) have declined,” the EIA reported last month. “Improvements in electric heat pump technology have improved efficiency and extended the range of temperatures that heat pumps can operate in before resorting to back-up heating,” most commonly electric resistance units that are “effective but relatively expensive to operate.”
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