U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Frequently Asked Questions
How much electricity is used for cooling in the United States?
In 2011, EIA estimates that about 440 billion kilowatt-hours (kWh) of electricity were used for cooling by the residential and commercial sectors, or about 11% of total U.S. electricity consumption.
EIA does not have an estimate of electricity consumption for cooling in manufacturing facilities.
|Total U.S. Electricity Use||3,841|
|Total Residential Sector Electricity Use||1,424|
|Total Commercial Sector Electricity Use||1,319|
|Total Residential & Commercial Electricity Use for Cooling||440|
|Share of Total U.S. Electricity Use||11%|
|Share of Total Residential & Commerical Electricity Use||16%|
|Total Residential Electricity Use for Cooling||273|
|Share of Total U.S. Electricity Use||7%|
|Share of Total Residential Electricity Use||19%|
|Total Commercial Electricity Use for Cooling||167|
|Share of Total U.S. Electricity Use||4%|
|Share of Total Commercial Electricity Use||13%|
Total U.S. electricity consumption includes electricity for the industrial and transportation sectors.
Last updated: January 31, 2013
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