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Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS)


Comparing the 2015 RECS with Previous RECS and Other Studies

This document describes differences between the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) and the 2009 RECS and previous studies, and compares RECS with estimates derived from external sources. Users should be aware of these differences when comparing estimates from one round of RECS to another, and when comparing RECS with other studies.

2015 Consumption and Expenditures Technical Documentation Summary

This document provides the methodological descriptions for the Energy Supplier Survey (ESS), consumption and expenditures annualization and imputation, and end-use estimation modeling and calibration procedures.

2015 Household Characteristics Technical Documentation Summary

RECS is a multi-year effort consisting of a Household Survey phase, data collection from household energy suppliers, and end-use consumption and expenditures estimation.

An Assessment of Interval Data and Their Potential Application to Residential Electricity End-Use Modeling

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) is investigating the potential benefits of incorporating interval electricity data into its residential energy end use models.

An Assessment of EIA's Building Consumption Data

The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) routinely uses feedback from customers and outside experts to help improve its programs and products.


Webinar: 2020 RECS Webinar recording now available

Release Date: August 12, 2019

EIA’s household energy consumption experts held a discussion with stakeholders about the 2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) on Thursday, July 11, 2019. The presentation included an outline for the upcoming RECS, including the reintroduction of state-level estimates and anticipated changes to the Household Questionnaire. Annual Energy Outlook modeler Kevin Jarzomski provided insights on how the RECS data are used in EIA’s residential energy consumption projections. The webinar concluded with a Q&A period.

Presentation: RECS Webinar July 11

Webinar: Highlights from the 2015 RECS: energy consumption, expenditures and end-use modeling

Release Date: July 31, 2018

EIA's Office of Energy Consumption and Efficiency Statistics held a webinar reviewing consumption and expenditures data from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) on July 31, 2018. Learn more about new consumption and expenditures (C&E) data from the 2015 RECS and improvements to the methods used for modeling end-use consumption. The recording of the webinar includes a Q&A session with RECS Survey Manager Chip Berry and members of the RECS team. The webinar presentation slides are also available.

Presentation: RECS webinar slides

Webinar: Highlights from the 2015 RECS: household characteristics

Release Date: September 19, 2017

Staff from EIA hosted a RECS webinar to present highlights from the 2015 RECS Household Characteristics data, provide an overview of key methodological features of the study design, and conduct a tour of the RECS website. The webinar presentation slides are also available.

Presentation: RECS webinar slides

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Release Date: May 31, 2018

This report highlights findings from the U.S. Energy Information Administration's 2015 RECS, which collected information about energy characteristics from a representative sample of U.S. households.