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Households and the Environment Survey: Energy use, 2013

Released: 2016-03-18

Canadian households consumed 1.4 million terajoules of energy in their homes in 2013, up 7.2% from 2011. On average, the amount of energy consumed per household edged up from 93.3 gigajoules in 2011 to 97.5 gigajoules in 2013.

Natural gas accounted for 50.6% of the total energy consumed by Canadian households, electricity for 44.6% and heating oil for 4.8%, a pattern similar to that of energy consumption in 2011.

Households in Quebec reported the highest average electricity consumption (67.3 gigajoules per household), followed closely by those in Newfoundland and Labrador (65.5 gigajoules per household). In contrast, households in Alberta (25.9 gigajoules per household) and Prince Edward Island (26.6 gigajoules per household) reported the lowest average electricity consumption.

Households in Alberta that used natural gas consumed more of it (119.2 gigajoules per household) than households in other provinces that used the fuel. Households that used heating oil in Prince Edward Island used more on average (100.4 gigajoules per household) than households that used it in other provinces.

Households with total incomes of $150,000 or more used more than twice as much energy per household as those that earned less than $20,000 (140.6 gigajoules per household compared with 60.4 gigajoules per household).

  Note to readers

These data come from the energy use supplement of the 2013 Households and the Environment Survey.

Total energy consumption includes only electricity, natural gas and heating oil. It does not include other types of energy such as propane, wood, coal or other sources.

Data pertaining to electricity consumption from the 2007 and 2011 Households and the Environment Survey have been revised.

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