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Using & Saving Energy

Energy Use Basics

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We use a lot of energy in our homes, in businesses, in industry, and for personal travel and transporting goods.

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How we use energy

The United States is a highly developed and industrialized society. Americans use a lot of energy in homes, in businesses, in industry, and for personal travel and for transporting goods. There are four major sectors that consume energy:

  • The industrial sector includes facilities and equipment used for manufacturing, agriculture, mining, and construction.

  • The transportation sector includes vehicles that transport people or goods. Cars, trucks, buses, motorcycles, trains, aircraft, boats, barges, and ships are included in the transportation sector.

  • The residential sector consists of homes and apartments.

  • The commercial sector includes offices, malls, stores, schools, hospitals, hotels, warehouses, restaurants, places of worship, and more.

Each end-use sector consumes electricity produced by the electric power sector.