More US families heat with wood

By Staff | December 26, 2013

The Alliance for Green Heat recently announced that 2012 census data shows wood heating in the U.S. is continuing its growth streak. U.S. Census statistics indicate that the number of families that use wood or pellets as their primary heating fuel grew by 2.6 percent, or 63,566 families, from 2011 to 2012. Overall, nearly 2.5 million households are estimated to use wood as a primary heating fuel. 

From 2000 to 2010, wood and pellet home heating grew by 34 percent, faster than any other heating fuel. Today, 2.1 percent of Americans use wood or pellets as their primary heating fuels, up from 1.6 percent in 2000. In addition, 7.7 percent of U.S. households use wood as a secondary heating fuel, according to the 2009 U.S. Energy Information Administration Energy Consumption Survey.