The heat is on

Now that we’re into the cooler months, it’s time to crank up the heat and look forward to higher power bills. But not everyone is dependent on ye olde gas and electric. The U.S. Bureau of the Census keeps track of house heating fuel, and here’s what’s keeping us warm in Butte County.

heating fuel number of users percentage

utility gas 44,827 56.3%

bottled, tank or LP gas* 7,761 9.8%

electricity 17,020 21.4%

fuel oil, kerosene, etc. 263 .3%

coal or coke 0 —

wood 9,137 11.5%

solar energy 26 —

other fuel 395 .5%

no fuel used 137 .2%

*LP gas is commercial propane or butane