- Households account for 21.4% of total energy consumption in the United States.
- The average household spends $2,024 on residential energy annually, including heating, cooling, water heating, appliances, lighting, and electronics.
- Estimates show that 48% of energy consumption in U.S. homes in 2009 was for heating and cooling, down from 58% in 1993.
- The average household spends $1,340 each year on electricity.
- A typical household uses energy that releases approximately 21,000 lbs. of CO 2 per year. To put this number in perspective, the average household is responsible for releasing twice as much CO 2 emissions as the average car.
- While average electricity demand per household is projected to decline over the next couple decades, total delivered electricity consumption in the residential sector is expected to increase by about 11% overall by 2030, due to a steady increase in the total number of households nationwide.
- There are approximately 115 million households, averaging 1,971 square feet. Of those, approximately 80 million are single family homes
Approximately 72% of U.S. households report an average age for home heating equipment of 5 years or more. About 32% of households report home heating equipment older than 15 years
9. How is energy used in a residential building?
- Space heating and cooling—which combined account for 54% of site energy consumption—drive residential energy demand