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Residential electricity prices up 3% in first half of 2017

Residential electricity prices up 3% in first half of 2017

Lower average usage of electricity offset the increase in retail prices Retail electricity rates paid by U.S. residential customers averaged 12.8 cents per kilowatthour (kWh) during the first six months of 2017, an increase of about 3 per cent compared to the same period in 2016, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration. First half […]

By September 25, 2017 0 Comments Read More →
Residential electricity GHG emissions vary significantly by province, territory

Residential electricity GHG emissions vary significantly by province, territory

Alberta, Saskatchewan have relatively high GHG intensity due to their use of coal Carbon emissions associated with residential electricity consumption occur upstream, during electricity generation, and are less directly visible than other sectors, such as transportation, according to the National Energy Board. The electricity sector was responsible for approximately 11 per cent of Canada’s greenhouse […]

Over half of small-scale photovoltaic generation is residential rooftops

Over half of small-scale photovoltaic generation is residential rooftops

  California is by far leading states with 43% of small-scale PV Generation from small-scale photovoltaic (PV) systems totaled about 37 per cent of the annual generation from all US solar PV electricity generators in 2016, according to the US Energy Information Administration. EIA’s small category includes PV systems that have less than one megawatt (MW) […]

How did Americans live before air conditioning (and huge electricity bills)?

How did Americans live before air conditioning (and huge electricity bills)?

 Heated pools are minor contributor to residential summer electricity demand Residential electricity consumption rises and falls seasonally substantially more than commercial or industrial consumption, largely because of air conditioning use in the summer. According to the most recent data from EIA’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), nearly 9 out of 10 US homes are air […]

Americans slowly switching to LED lighting as adoption rate increases

Americans slowly switching to LED lighting as adoption rate increases

 Nationwide, 18% of households reported no incandescent bulbs in their homes As lighting technologies evolve and adapt to federal standards, lighting in US homes is in a state of transition, according to the US Energy Information Administration. Data from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that, as of 2015, most homes in the […]

Carbon-intensity of energy use lowest in US industrial, electric power sectors

Carbon-intensity of energy use lowest in US industrial, electric power sectors

Including indirect emissions associated with electricity production increase sector’s carbon intensity Of the five major energy-consuming sectors in the United States, the industrial sector produced the least amount of carbon dioxide (CO2) per unit of primary energy consumed in 2016, with emissions of 44 kilograms CO2 per million British thermal units (kg CO2/MMBtu), according to […]

US household heating equipment choices diverse, vary by climate

US household heating equipment choices diverse, vary by climate

 37% of US households supplement main heating equipment with secondary source Data from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) show that the majority of American households use one of three types of equipment as their main source of heat during the winter: natural gas furnaces, electric furnaces, or electric heat pumps, according to the […]

Winter residential electricity consumption expected to increase from last winter

Winter residential electricity consumption expected to increase from last winter

Heating expenditures not expected to change significantly, electricity prices expected to be slightly lower this winter EIA’s Short-Term Energy Outlook (STEO) projects that the average residential customer will consume 4 per cent more electricity over Dec. through March compared with the same period last winter, according to the US Energy Information Administration. However, this forecast is […]

By December 12, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Thanksgiving holiday causes unique electricity usage patterns across the country

Thanksgiving holiday causes unique electricity usage patterns across the country

 Unique electricity usage pattern seen on Thanksgiving Day reflects the holiday’s popular activities In terms of electricity usage, Thanksgiving Day is one of the most unusual days of the year. Typically at this time of year, electric loads in most regions have a small peak in the morning and a larger peak in the evening, […]

By December 5, 2016 0 Comments Read More →
Residential heating oil, propane prices at levels similar to last winter’s low prices

Residential heating oil, propane prices at levels similar to last winter’s low prices

Unlike retail natural gas and electricity, retail heating oil and propane is sold by independent dealers Residential heating oil and propane prices have started the winter heating season at levels similar to last winter’s levels, while inventories of both fuels are near or above five-year highs for this time of year, according to the US Energy Information […]

By November 17, 2016 0 Comments Read More →