U.S. Energy Efficiency

What 5 million data points say about energy efficiency potential

Energy efficiency is the country's cheapest power source and the secret to unlocking its potential isn't a new fracking fluid or a new nuclear reactor design. The key is data. A new era of data transparency and quantification is turning energy efficiency from a guesstimate into a reliable and deployable resource that our country can count on. This page is a small peek into that brave new world that brings together data on housing structures, heating and cooling, appliances, and energy habits from more than 120,000 U.S. households. The data illuminates clear opportunities for saving energy and money.

National Highlights

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Lighting

North and South Dakotans report using more conventional light bulbs than any other state, at 1.5 times the national average. Vermonters, by contrast, report using efficient bulbs at the highest rate, 1.8 times the national average.

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Appliances

States with the most stand-alone freezers in addition to a primary fridge and freezer? Alaska, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming, all in excess of 2x the national average.

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Heating Set Point

West Virginians like it warmer in the winter. They set their thermostats higher than most other states. Rhode Islanders keep their homes the coolest in winter.

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Cooling Set Point

Alabamans set their thermostats cooler than any other state in the summer. Others who keep their AC chillier than average include residents of Arkansas, Indiana, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, New York, Tennessee, and West Virginia.

State by State

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Kansas

More likely than the U.S. average to have:
  • Long showers (1.4x)
  • High entertainment usage (1.4x)
  • Gas heat (1.6x), with high usage of systems 15+ years (1.9x)
  • Storm windows (2.6x)
  • Gas hot water heaters (1.6x)
  • Heating thermostat set at 73° or warmer (2x)
Energy Efficiency Opportunities by Measure for Kansas

Heating

  • 13% have electrically-heated homes vs. 35% nationally
  • 86% heat their homes with gas compared to 55% nationally
  • Of those with gas heaters, 22% claim they use a system 15+ years old vs. 12% nationally

Lighting

  • 15% use conventional bulbs compared to 21% nationally
  • 48% use efficient vs. 35% of national average
  • 36% use a mix of conventional and efficient vs. 44% nationally

Windows

  • 33% have double-pane windows vs. 45% nationally
  • 35% have storm windows vs. 13% nationally

Entertainment

  • 29% claim "high" entertainment energy usage vs. 21% nationally

Water Heater

  • 84% use a gas water heater compared to 52% nationally

Foundation

  • 76% of homes have basements vs. 36% nationally

Cooking

  • 71% use an electric stove vs. 62% nationally

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