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Heating fuels

Decrease in use of wood and coal for heating in Christchurch city

Wood

In Christchurch city, wood was used as a heating fuel in 24.5 percent (30,486) of occupied private dwellings in 2013 – a decrease of 28.5 percent since the 2006 Census. This was larger than the national decrease of 5.6 percent.

In contrast, greater Christchurch's other two districts both had increases in the use of wood as a heating fuel in 2013 (up 7.4 percent in Waimakariri and up 19.8 percent in Selwyn).

Coal

In greater Christchurch, coal was used as a heating fuel in 1.1 percent (1,752) of occupied private dwellings in 2013 – a decrease of 71.8 percent since the 2006 Census. This was larger than the national decrease of 37.9 percent.

Electricity

In greater Christchurch, the majority of dwellings (92.2 percent) used electricity for heating in 2013, which was an increase from 87.8 percent in 2006. This was higher than the national percentage of 79.2 in 2013.

No heating fuels

In greater Christchurch, 1,062 occupied private dwellings (0.7 percent) used no heating fuels – a decrease of 99 (8.5 percent) since 2006. Nationally, 3.0 percent of occupied private dwellings used no heating fuels.

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