Home Energy Use Statistics

As each year goes by, Americans continue to use more energy in their homes. U.S. electricity use in 2008 was about 12 times greater than electricity use in 1950. Today’s average home consumes about six times as much electricity as the average home 20 years ago.

Your utility bill usually shows what you are charged for the kilowatt-hours you use. One thousand watt-hours equals 1 kilowatt-hour, or 1 kWh.

Heating/Cooling

  • The average household spends more than $2,200 a year on energy bills, with nearly half of this going to heating and cooling costs.
  • Keeping your furnace well maintained can increase its efficiency by more than 10 percent.
  • Using a programmable thermostat to lower the temperature ten degrees over an eight-hour period can reduce your heating costs by 10 percent, saving you $180 a year.

Appliances

  • Appliances account for about 17% of your household’s energy consumption, with refrigerators, clothes washers, and clothes dryers at the top of the consumption list.
  • A toaster oven uses a third to half as much energy as a full-sized oven.
  • A dryer operating an extra 15 minutes per load can cost you up to $34, every year.

Elecrtonics

  • Consumer electronics accounts for nearly 15% of home energy use. A typical home has 40 products continuously drawing power.
  • According to the Consumer Electronics Association, the average American household has 24 consumer electronics products. Americans own, on average, five personal electronic devices.
  • Television sets alone account for approximately 4 percent of your home energy bill.
  • In the average home, 75% of the electricity used to power home electronics and appliances is consumed while the products are turned off.

LIghting

  • Energy for lighting accounts for about 10% of your electric bill.
  • Incandescent lighting is the most common type of lighting used in homes. About 90% of the electricity used by incandescent bulbs is lost as heat.
  • Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) use 75 percent less energy than a standard incandescent light bulb and last up to ten times longer, saving $30 or more over a year.
  • LEDs use at least 75% less energy and last 25 times longer than incandescent lighting, and use even less energy than CFLs.

Sources

U.S. Department of Energy
Energy Star
Energy Savers
Environmental Protection Association

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