A study of the use of natural gas and electricity in Saskatchewan homes

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ConferenceShelter : Proceedings of the 91st Annual Meeting of the Engineering Institute of Canada: 15 May 1977, Jasper, Alb., Canada
Pages123131; # of pages: 9
Subjectnatural gas; electricity (energie); domestic use; Heating
AbstractA study was carried out on energy consumption in a number of Saskatchewan homes where natural gas and electricity are used for cooling, lighting, water and space heating and other domestic needs. Particular attention was given to energy use for space heating. In some parts of Saskatchewan, the Saskatchewan Power Corporation provides both natural gas and electricity to homes. Their records of consumption in about 1000 Regina homes in five districts within the city were used in this study. Annual average consumptions per house were found for each district. These ranged from 200 GJ (55 MW.h) to 235 GJ (65 MW.h). The rate at which purchased energy (natural gas plus electricity in these houses) is used varies with the season of the year, primarily owing to space heating requirements. When purchased energy consumption is plotted against heating degree-days, the relationship is usually nearly linear. The slope of this line and its ordinate intercept constitute an energy consumption characteristic for the house. This characteristic is affected by a variety of factors, including the heat loss characteristics of the house, the furnace efficiency and solar heat gain.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedYes
NRC number16898
NPARC number20377612
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