28 Mar '13, 4pm

Heating, Cooling No Longer Majority of U.S. Home Energy Use | Appliances are now major energy hogs

For decades, space heating and cooling (space conditioning) accounted for more than half of all residential energy consumption. Estimates from the most recent Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) , collected in 2010 and 2011 and released in 2011 and 2012, show that 48 percent of energy consumption in U.S. homes in 2009 was for heating and cooling, down from 58 percent in 1993. Factors underpinning this trend are increased adoption of more efficient equipment, better insulation, more efficient windows and population shifts to warmer climates. The shift in how energy is consumed in homes has occurred even as per-household energy consumption has steadily declined . While energy used for space conditioning has declined, energy consumption for appliances and electronics continues to rise. Although some appliances that are subject to federal efficiency standards, such as...

Full article: http://www.edcmag.com/articles/94954-heating-cooling-no-l...

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