RECS Status

November 2, 2017

More 2015 RECS estimates and reports now available!

Square footage and household energy insecurity data from the 2015 RECS are now available. Along with new tables displaying total and average square footage in homes, EIA published a comprehensive methodology report on square footage estimation for the 2015 RECS.

Also included with this release was a short analysis piece that examines energy insecurity as measured by the RECS. The report focuses on the questions on the RECS which ask if respondents have had difficulty paying energy bills, received a disconnect notice, or faced other energy-related challenges in their home.

An updated microdata file, including square footage and energy insecurity variables, has been posted to the 2015 RECS microdata page.

Estimates of energy consumption and expenditures are currently in production and are expected to be available in Spring 2018.

 

October 12, 2017

Recording of the 2015 RECS Webinar held Sept. 19 now available

View the webinar recording

PowerPoint: RECS Webinar Sept 19

EIA’s Office of Energy Consumption and Efficiency Statistics held a webinar reviewing housing characteristics data from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) on September 19, 2017. Learn more about accessing the RECS data, new methods used for the 2015 RECS survey, and how changing modes of data collection can affect future cycles of the RECS survey. The recording of the webinar includes a Q&A session with RECS Survey Manager Chip Berry and members of the RECS team.

 

August 29, 2017

2015 RECS Webinar: September 19

UPDATE: The RECS webinar was held on September 19. A recording of the event will be available soon.

Join EIA’s Office of Energy Consumption and Efficiency Statistics for a webinar reviewing housing characteristics data from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). Learn more about accessing the data, new methods used for the 2015 survey, and how changing modes can shape the RECS in future survey cycles. The webinar will conclude with a Q&A with RECS Survey Manager Chip Berry and members of the RECS team.

 

June 2, 2017

Microdata from the 2015 RECS are now available

The preliminary public use microdata file for 2015 RECS is now available. The file contains records of survey responses from more than 5,600 households, including information on household energy characteristics and appliance usage behaviors. In addition to the data file, a codebook, and information on working with the RECS microdata can be found on the 2015 RECS microdata page.

EIA also published a new report, What’s new in how we use energy at home: Results from EIA’s 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), which looks at highlights from the 2015 RECS data.

Square footage data from the 2015 RECS are expected to be available this summer. Estimates of energy consumption and expenditures are currently in production and are expected to be available in 2018.

 

February 27, 2017

Data from the 2015 RECS now available!

The housing characteristics data tables from the 2015 RECS are now available. The topics covered are: Fuels used and end uses; Structural and geographic characteristics; Space heating; Lighting; Appliances; Electronics; Air conditioning; Water heating; and Household demographics.

EIA expects to release an overview of the 2015 data, methodology report, and preliminary public use microdata file in April 2017. Square footage data are anticipated in summer 2017. Estimates of household energy consumption and expenditures are expected to be ready in 2018.

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January 17, 2017

2015 RECS data coming soon

The initial stage of data collection for the 2015 RECS —the Household Survey—has been completed and EIA is working to process the data. The housing characteristics data are expected to be released as follows:

Anticipated release schedule for housing characteristics data

Data tables: Fuels used and end uses; Structural and geographic characteristics; Space heating; Lighting; Appliances; Electronics; Air conditioning; Water heating; and Household demographics February 2017
Overview, methodology, and preliminary public use microdata April 2017
Square footage data tables and microdata June 2017

The second stage of data collection—the Energy Supplier Survey (ESS)—is currently underway. After completion of the ESS, EIA will begin the End Use Modeling process to produce the estimates of household energy consumption and expenditures. These data are expected to be ready in 2018.