U.S. Energy Information Administration - EIA - Independent Statistics and Analysis
Frequently Asked Questions
How is electricity used in U.S. homes?
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) estimates in the Annual Energy Outlook 2017 that about 1,410 billion kilowatthours (kWh) of electricity were used by the residential sector in the United States in 2016.
|Estimated U.S. residential sector electricity consumption by end use, 2016|
|Share of total|
|Space cooling|| 247 ||18%|
|Televisions and related equipment1||83||6%|
|Furnace fans and boiler circulation pumps||32||2%|
|Computers and related equipment2||32||2%|
|Other uses4|| 405 ||29%|
1 Includes televisions, set-top boxes, home theater systems, DVD players, and video game consoles.
2 Includes desktop and laptop computers, monitors, and networking equipment.
3 Does not include water heating.
4 Includes small electric devices, heating elements, exterior lights, outdoor grills, pool and spa heaters, backup electricity generators, and motors not listed above. Does not include electric vehicle charging.
Annual Energy Outlook, Reference case, Table 4: Residential sector key indicators and consumption
Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS)
Last updated: February 28, 2017
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