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August 19, 2013

EIA publishes state fact sheets on residential energy consumption and characteristics

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Source: U.S. Energy Information Administration, Residential Energy Consumption Survey

EIA has recently published state fact sheets highlighting interesting aspects of residential energy consumption and housing characteristics based on data released earlier this year in EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS).

The RECS gathers information through personal interviews with a nationwide sample of homes and energy suppliers. The latest RECS (with data for 2009) includes detailed statistics on home energy characteristics, average consumption and costs, and energy end uses, along with a detailed microdata file for in-depth analysis.

The 2009 survey was the largest RECS to date, and the larger sample size allowed for the release of data for 16 individual states. The state fact sheets show key energy statistics for each state, allowing for state comparisons and benchmarks. For example, the average home in Massachusetts consumes 59% of its total energy for space heating, compared to 15% in Arizona and a national average of 41%.

Explore RECS data and reports on the RECS website.

State fact sheets are available for the following states:

Arizona Georgia Missouri Tennessee
California Illinois New Jersey Texas
Colorado Massachusetts New York Virginia
Florida Michigan Pennsylvania Wisconsin