Home electricity use in the U.S. falls to lowest levels since 2001

The average amount of electricity that is consumed in households across the United States has fallen to levels not seen in over a decade. There are many contributing factors to why this is occurring, but experts believe that power usage is on track to decline for the third straight year. According to the Energy Information Administration, the amount of electricity used in each home is 10,819 kilowatts, nearly matching the 10,535 kilowatts per house in 2001.

So what is the reason for the continued drop in electrical use? There are plenty of things that have changed in the 13 years since electricity consumption was so low. In the early 2000s energy prices began to rise dramatically, so states began to adopt stricter building codes for new developments. Builders were forced to better seal homes so that hot or cool air would not easily seep out. Insulated windows and other energy efficient products have dropped in price, so all newer homes are built to waste less electricity and energy. Billions of dollars from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that was passed in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis were diverted to home energy efficiency programs.

Improvements in technology have also contributed to lower electrical use among homeowners. Federal energy standards that have gotten stricter over the years had led to big appliances – such as refrigerators and dishwashers – consuming much less energy and electricity than they once did. The ban on incandescent light bulbs that was signed into law in 2007 has also cut the amount of electricity that is wasted by providing consumers with energy efficient options such as LED or CFL bulbs.

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