Tidbit Tuesday | Electric Home Heating in Philadelphia

On Tuesdays, the Mayor’s Office of Transportation & Utilities (MOTU) posts a map or graphic that tells a story about transportation or utilities in the City of Brotherly Love.

As the weather heats up, what better way to cool down than to remember the frigid winter?  This week, we mapped which homes in Philadelphia are heated by electricity, and how that has changed over time. We compared data from the American Community Survey (2008-2012 5-year estimate) to data from the 2000 Census.

The 3-D orthogonal views show relative heights of Philly’s block groups based on the percent of households using electricity for their home heating. The block groups are also categorized into five colors representing the percentage ranges.

In general, electric home heating is concentrated in Center City, illustrated by the greens. Over the last decade, use of electric heating has increased in both West and North Philadelphia. As shown in the orthogonal views, the heights of the block groups increased across Philadelphia.

Because the data are reported only by fuel source, we’re not sure what’s accounting for this shift. Our assumption is that new home construction would feature gas heating, so these increases may represent increased use of small electric space heaters. Let us know if you have any thoughts!

More data about home heating energy sources can be found here.

 

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