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Emission of air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions differs for different types of energy. See Statistics Canada, 2004, Human Activity and the Environment: Annual Statistics 2004, Catalogue no. 16-201-X. For example electricity generation at natural gas or coal fired plants will result in emissions, while hydro-electric generation will not. Burning natural gas or oil in the home will also result in air pollutants and GHG emissions, while wood burning releases air pollutants such as particulate matter, volatile organic compounds and carbon monoxide.
Statistics Canada, CANSIM table 203-0003 (accessed August 27, 2009).
The terms "forced-air furnace" and "furnace" are used interchangeably in this paper.
Gasoline used to fuel motor vehicles or gas-powered devices, such as lawnmowers or snowblowers, and energy from small propane tanks purchased from stores for gas barbecues, camping and similar purposes are excluded. Also excluded is energy from those households with solar panels or windmills that did not purchase energy from an energy supplier.
Includes propane delivered by an energy supplier. Does not include small tanks of propane purchased from stores for gas barbecues, camping or other equipment.
The calculation for the heated area of a dwelling excludes basements and garages.
Households with annual incomes of $150,000 or more heated 191 m2 vs. 95 m2 for households with annual incomes of less than $20,000.
Statistics Canada, 2008, Income and Earnings Highlight Tables, 2006 Census, Catalogue no. 97-563-XWE2006002.
As a percentage of households with one or more thermostat.
Of households that owned their dwelling and that were not located in apartment buildings.