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Release Date: September 27, 2012

Table 2.10 Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption and Expenditure Indicators, Selected Years, 1979-2003
Table 2.10  Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption and Expenditure Indicators, Selected Years, 1979-2003




Energy Source
and Year
Building Characteristics Energy Consumption Energy Expenditures
Number of
Buildings
Total
Square Feet
Square Feet
per Building

Total
Per
Building
Per
Square Foot
Per
Employee

Total
Per
Building
Per
Square Foot
Per
Million Btu
Thousands Millions Thousands Trillion Btu Million Btu Thousand Btu Million Btu Million Dollars 1 Thousand Dollars 1 Dollars 1  Dollars 1
Major Sources 2                      
    1979 3,073 43,546 14.2 5,008 1,630 115.0 85.0 33,821 11.0 0.78 6.75
    1983 3,185 49,471 15.5 4,856 1,525 98.2 65.7 55,764 17.5 1.13 11.48
    1986 4,154 58,199 14.0 5,040 1,213 86.6 68.6 60,762 14.6 1.04 12.06
    1989 4,528 63,184 14.0 5,788 1,278 91.6 81.9 70,826 15.6 1.12 12.24
    1992 4,806 67,876 14.1 5,490 1,142 80.9 77.1 71,821 14.9 1.06 13.08
    1995 3 4,579 58,772 12.8 5,321 1,162 90.5 69.3 69,918 15.3 1.19 13.14
    1999 4,657 67,338 14.5 5,733 1,231 85.1 70.0 81,552 17.5 1.21 14.22
    2003 4,859 71,658 14.7 6,523 1,342 91.0 [5] 107,897 22.2 1.51 16.54

Electricity 4
                     
    1979 3,001 43,153 14.4 1,908 636 44.2 32.4 23,751 7.9 .55 12.45
    1983 3,052 48,327 15.8 2,129 697 44.1 28.9 39,279 12.9 .81 18.45
    1986 3,965 56,508 14.3 2,390 603 42.3 32.7 47,186 11.9 .84 19.74
    1989 4,294 61,563 14.3 2,773 646 45.0 39.3 55,943 13.0 .91 20.17
    1992 4,611 66,525 14.4 2,609 566 39.2 36.6 57,619 12.5 .87 22.09
    1995 3 4,343 57,076 13.1 2,608 600 45.7 34.1 56,621 13.0 .99 21.71
    1999 4,395 65,716 15.0 3,098 706 47.1 37.9 66,424 15.1 1.01 21.44
    2003 4,617 70,181 15.2 3,559 771 50.7 [5] 82,783 17.9 1.18 23.26

Natural Gas
                     
    1979 1,864 30,477 16.4 2,174 1,167 71.3 52.5 5,814 3.1 .19 2.67
    1983 1,904 33,935 17.8 2,091 1,098 61.6 40.6 11,443 6.0 .34 5.47
    1986 2,214 37,263 16.8 1,723 778 46.2 35.2 8,355 3.8 .22 4.85
    1989 2,420 41,143 17.0 2,073 857 50.4 43.2 9,204 3.8 .22 4.44
    1992 2,657 44,994 16.9 2,174 818 48.3 42.5 9,901 3.7 .22 4.55
    1995 3 2,478 38,145 15.4 1,946 785 51.0 38.7 9,018 3.6 .24 4.63
    1999 2,670 45,525 17.1 2,023 758 44.4 36.0 10,609 4.0 .23 5.24
    2003 2,538 48,473 19.1 2,100 828 43.3 [5] 16,010 6.3 .33 7.62

Fuel Oil 6
                     
    1979 641 11,397 17.8 681 1,063 59.7 40.5 2,765 4.3 .24 4.06
    1983 441 9,409 21.3 314 714 33.4 19.8 2,102 4.8 .22 6.68
    1986 534 11,005 20.6 442 827 40.1 27.7 2,059 3.9 .19 4.66
    1989 581 12,600 21.7 357 614 28.3 21.0 1,822 3.1 .14 5.11
    1992 560 13,215 23.6 272 487 20.6 15.1 1,400 2.5 .11 5.14
    1995 3 607 14,421 23.7 235 387 16.3 10.2 1,175 1.9 .08 5.00
    1999 434 13,285 30.6 179 412 13.5 9.1 956 2.2 .07 5.35
    2003 465 16,265 35.0 228 490 14.0 [5] 1,826 3.9 .11 8.01

District Heat 7
                     
    1979 47 3,722 79.0 201 4,267 54.0 26.5 1,267 26.9 .34 6.30
    1983 64 4,643 72.9 289 4,530 62.1 34.4 2,627 41.2 .57 9.10
    1986 77 4,625 59.7 422 5,446 91.2 52.4 2,620 33.8 .57 6.21
    1989 98 6,578 67.0 585 5,964 89.0 56.5 3,857 39.3 .59 6.59
    1992 95 5,245 55.4 435 4,596 82.9 60.9 2,901 30.7 .55 6.67
    1995 3 110 5,658 51.5 533 4,849 94.1 51.2 3,103 28.3 .55 5.83
    1999 117 5,891 50.2 433 3,692 73.6 50.1 3,564 30.4 .60 8.23
    2003 67 5,576 83.0 636 9,470 114.0 [5] 7,279 108.4 1.31 11.45
1Prices are not adjusted for inflation.  See "Nominal Dollars" in Glossary. 6Distillate fuel oil, residual fuel oil, and kerosene.
2Includes electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and district heat. 7Through 1983, includes purchased steam only.  Beginning in 1986, includes purchased and
non-purchased steam and hot water.
3Beginning in 1995, excludes commercial buildings at multi-building manufacturing facilities, and
parking garages.
Note:  Data are estimates.  Statistics for individual fuels are for all buildings using each fuel.  Statistics for
major sources are for all buildings, even buildings using no major fuel.
4Electricity only; excludes electricity system energy losses. Web Page:  For related information, see http://www.eia.gov/consumption/commercial/.
5Total number of employees not collected in 2003. Sources:  -  1979-U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), Form EIA-143, "Nonresidential
Buildings Energy Consumption Survey."  -  1983-EIA, Form EIA-788, "Nonresidential Buildings Energy
Consumption Survey."  -  1986-EIA, Form EIA-871, "Nonresidential Buildings Energy Consumption
Survey."  -  1989 forward-EIA, Form EIA-871A-F, "Commercial Buildings Energy Consumption Survey."
U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA)