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.