Data Dictionary: Census 1990
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Survey: Census 1990
Data Source: Social Explorer; U.S. Census Bureau
Table: T78. House Heating Fuel [8]
Universe: Occupied housing units
Table Details
T78. House Heating Fuel
Universe: Occupied housing units
Relevant Documentation:
Excerpt from: Social Explorer, U.S. Census Bureau; Census of Population and Housing, 1990: Summary Tape File 3 on CD-ROM [machine-readable data files] / prepared by the Bureau of the Census. Washington: The Bureau [producer and distributor], 1991.
 
House Heating Fuel
The data on house heating fuel were obtained from questionnaire item H14, which was asked at occupied housing units. This item was asked on a sample basis. The data show the type of fuel used most to heat the house or apartment.

Utility Gas
Includes gas piped through underground pipes from a central system to serve the neighborhood.

Bottled, Tank, or LP Gas
Includes liquid propane gas stored in bottles or tanks which are refilled or exchanged when empty.

Fuel Oil, Kerosene, Etc.
Includes fuel oil, kerosene, gasoline, alcohol, and other combustible liquids.

Includes purchased wood, wood cut by household members on their property or elsewhere, driftwood, sawmill or construction scraps, or the like.

Solar Energy
Includes heat provided by sunlight which is collected, stored, and actively distributed to most of the rooms.

Other Fuel
Includes all other fuels not specified elsewhere.

No Fuel Used
Includes units that do not use any fuel or that do not have heating equipment.

Comparability
Data on house heating fuel have been collected since 1940. The category, "Solar energy" is new for 1990.