Americans Spend $2k on Home Energy Costs Annually

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How much do you spend on electricity each year? If you spend around $2,000, then you’re on par with the rest of the nation according to data from the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). Yesterday, the EIA published national data as well as specific consumption information for 16 different states.

While this may sound like yet another boring data set, it is actually helpful to consumers. Arizona was one of the 16 states with specific data available and so I decided to look through it to see how my energy consumption and expenditure use stacked up.

Arizona energy use overview:

  • Average annual expenditure – 3 percent less than national average, or about $1,940 per year
  • Average annual energy consumption – 66 million BTUs, which is 26 percent less than the national average
  • Average residential square footage – 1,798; the national average is 1,971 square feet