Infographic: Home Energy Use in the US

In the US, residential energy accounts for 22 percent of our total energy use and is a considerable cost to our wallets and the environment. Over the last few decades, our homes have grown consistently bigger but also more efficient, leading to many changes in how much energy we use and how we use it.

Insulation and other efficiencies mean space heating now accounts for a smaller percentage of our residential energy use. As technology continues to be increasingly embedded in our everyday lives however, appliances and electronics are a growing energy cost. Energy use per home has fallen consistently as developments such as energy efficient, multi-pane windows spread. The problem is that the number of homes continues to rise.

Whether because of environmentalism or concerns for energy security, energy and how it is generated are big topics and concerns for many. Electricity, water heating, space heating and air conditioning are all significant parts of our home energy use. Perhaps by understanding where energy is used in US homes today, we can determine where we can reduce our use or seek alternative energy sources (such as solar or wind power).

US Home Energy Use – An infographic by Green Business Watch


Infographic: US Home Energy Use


Thomas Schueneman
Thomas Schueneman
Tom is the founder and managing editor of and the PlanetWatch Group. His work appears in Triple Pundit, Slate, Cleantechnia, Planetsave, Earth911, and several other sustainability-focused publications. Tom is a member of the Society of Environmental Journalists.

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