HVAC Breaking News / News

Jan. 28, 2013: HVAC Drops Below 50 Percent of U.S. Average Household Energy Consumption

WASHINGTON — For decades, heating and air conditioning accounted for over half of all residential energy consumption in the United States. However, new estimates from the U.S. Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that 48 percent of energy consumption in American homes during 2009 was used for heating and cooling, down from 58 percent in 1993.

According to the EIA, the lower energy consumption is attributable in part to more efficient heating and cooling equipment, building practices that have resulted in better insulation and more efficient windows, and population shifts to areas with warmer climates.

Space heating accounted for 42 percent of household energy use in 2009, down from 53 percent in 1993. Air conditioning accounted for 6 percent, up slightly from 5 percent in 1993.

The RECS tables also break down household energy consumption by U.S. regions and states.

First conducted in 1978, the 13th RECS reflected energy consumption and expenditures during 2009. The 2009 survey collected data from about 12,000 households in housing units statistically selected to represent the 113.6 million housing units that are occupied as a primary residence. Data from the 2009 RECS are tabulated for the four Census regions, the nine Census divisions, and 16 states. These 16 states vary in their geography, climate, and population size.

For the complete 2009 RECS survey data, go to www.eia.gov/consumption/residential/data/2009/.

Publication date: 1/28/2013

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to The NEWS Magazine

You must login or register in order to post a comment.

Multimedia

Videos

Image Galleries

2015 AHR Expo

Photos from the 2015 AHR Expo at McCormick Place in Chicago.

Posted: February 19, 2015

Podcasts

NEWSMakers: Andy Patron
Andy Patron, partner with FMI Corp., discusses the impact a national labor shortage may have on the mechanical contracting industry. Posted on March 27.
More Podcasts

ACHRNEWS

NEWS 03-23-15 cover

2015 March 23

Check out the weekly edition of The NEWS today!

Table Of Contents Subscribe

HVAC Trends

The NEWS regularly reports on HVAC industry trends in our weekly issues. What trends do you see?
View Results Poll Archive

HVACR INDUSTRY STORE

2015.jpg
2015 National Plumbing & HVAC Estimator

Every plumbing and HVAC estimator can use the cost estimates in this practical manual!

More Products

Clear Seas Research

 

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications, Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

DON'T MISS A THING

Magazine image
 
Register today for complete access to ACHRNews.com. Get full access to the latest features, Extra Edition, and more.

STAY CONNECTED

facebook icontwitter iconyoutube iconLinkedIn i con