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energy efficiency of fuel for heating

This is a measure of how efficiently a specific fuel can be converted to use for heating, expressed as a proportion of a unit of the fuel.

Used to calculate:fossil fuels consumed and biomass fuels consumed

Varies by: fuel

Used fuel Reference Location: Ecosystem
(study period)
Value Units Notes
* Biodiesel U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Coal EIA 2012 Heating Fuel Comparison Calculator US: All () 75 % (0 - 100)
* Diesel / light fuel oil U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 81 % (0 - 100) This is the average energy efficiency of oil-fired boilers and furnaces shipped in 1995.
* Electricity U.S. Department of Energy 2004- Appendix A FY2005 Technical Support Document US: All (2004) 64.2 % (0 - 100) This value is the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of baseline conventional equipment for heating.
* Ethanol U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Gas-electric hybrid U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Gasoline U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Geothermal EIA 2010 - Geothermal Heat Pump Manufacturing Activities 2009 US: All () 4.025 % (0 - 100) This is the average COP (Coefficient of Performance) of the heating efficiencies of the four different 2009 model types listed.
* Hydroelectric U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Hydrogen U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Jet fuel U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Kerosene Assumed New York City: Urban Area () 81 % (0 - 100) Assumed to have the same energy efficiency as residual fuel oil.
Kerosene U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating.
* Municipal solid waste Otoma et. al. 1997 - Estimation of energy recovery and reduction of CO2 emissions in municipal solid waste power generation Global: Municipal Solid Waste (MSW) Power Plant () 15.4 % (0 - 100) This value is the generating end efficiency with standard waste quality.
* Muscle U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Natural gas U.S. Department of Energy 2004- Appendix A FY2005 Technical Support Document US: All (2004) 70 % (0 - 100) This value refers to the energy efficiency of conventional direct heating equipment with design option combinations (which can include electronic ignition, 20% de-rating, and burner box or stack dampers).
Natural gas U.S. Department of Energy 2004- Appendix A FY2005 Technical Support Document US: All (2004) 75 % (0 - 100) This value refers to the energy efficiency of hearth products with an electronic ignition mechanism.
Natural gas U.S. Department of Energy 2004- Appendix A FY2005 Technical Support Document US: All (2004) 64.2 % (0 - 100) This value refers to the baseline energy efficiency of conventional direct heating equipment without an electronic ignition mechanism.
Natural gas U.S. Department of Energy 2004- Appendix A FY2005 Technical Support Document US: All (2004) 74 % (0 - 100) This value refers to ASHRAE's minimum required energy efficiency of gas unit heaters as of October 2001.
* Natural gas compressed (CNG) U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Natural gas liquefied (LNG) U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Nuclear material U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Propane / LPG EIA 2012 Heating Fuel Comparison Calculator US: All () 78 % (0 - 100) This value is the AFUE of a furnace or boiler that uses propane as its heating fuel.
Propane / LPG EIA 2012 Heating Fuel Comparison Calculator US: All () 65 % (0 - 100) This value is the AFUE of a room heater (vented) that uses propane as its heating fuel.
* Residual fuel oil U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 81 % (0 - 100) This is the average energy efficiency of oil-fired boilers and furnaces shipped in 1995.
* Solar Kim & Seo 2007 - Thermal performances comparisons of the glass evacuated tube solar collectors with shapes of absorber tube Global: Any () 53.022 % (0 - 100) This value is the average of all of the efficiencies of cases 1-6 for all incidence angles.
Solar Kim & Seo 2007 - Thermal performances comparisons of the glass evacuated tube solar collectors with shapes of absorber tube Global: Any () 43.867 % (0 - 100) This value is the average of the efficiencies of cases 1-6 when the incidence angle of solar irradiation is at 60 degrees.
Solar Kim & Seo 2007 - Thermal performances comparisons of the glass evacuated tube solar collectors with shapes of absorber tube Global: Any () 58.9833 % (0 - 100) This value is the average of the efficiencies of cases 1-6 when the incidence angle of solar irradiation is at 0 degrees.
Solar Kim & Seo 2007 - Thermal performances comparisons of the glass evacuated tube solar collectors with shapes of absorber tube Global: Any () 56.2167 % (0 - 100) This value is the average of the efficiencies of cases 1-6 when the incidence angle of solar irradiation is at 30 degrees.
* Steam Zhivov et al. 2006 Analysis of Steam Heating System at Fort Meyer, VA Fort Meyer, VA: Military base (2005) 0.525 proportion (0-1) Calculated as the total energy for heat demand (48,454 mmBTU) divided by sum of the heat energy demand and the losses during transport (43,688), in other words 48,454 / (48454 + 43688) = 0.525
Steam Phetteplace 1995 Efficiency of Steam and Hot Water Heat Distribution Systems Near Hawthorne, NV: Hawthorne Army Ammunition Plant (1987-1988 heating season) 43.5 % (0 - 100) gross heating efficiency (including steam production losses)
* Wind U.S. Department of Energy 2012 - 2011 Buildings Energy Data Book US: Buildings (2010) 0 % (0 - 100) This reference shows that this fuel type is not used to provide energy for space heating so efficiency of this fuel type for space heating is not applicable.
* Wood and other biomass U.S. Department of Energy 2004- Appendix A FY2005 Technical Support Document US: All (2004) 73.4 % (0 - 100) This value is the annual fuel utilization efficiency (AFUE) of baseline hearth products.

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