Domestic energy consumption

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Domestic energy consumption or domestic consumption of energy is the amount of energy that is spent on the various appliances used within housing. The amount of energy used per household varies widely depending on the standard of living of the country, climate, and the age and type of residence.

In the United States as of 2008, in an average household in a temperate climate, the yearly use of household energy can be composed as follows:

Average domestic energy consumption per household in the United States
12000 kWh/yr (1400 watts)
Hot water
3000 kWh/yr (340 watts)
1200 kWh/yr (140 watts)
1200 kWh/yr (140 watts)
Washing and drying
1000 kWh/yr (110 watts)
1000 kWh/yr (110 watts)
Miscellaneous electric load
600 kWh/yr (70 watts)


This equates to an average instantaneous power consumption of 2 kW at any given time.

Households in different parts of the world will have differing levels of consumption, based on climate and income.


  1. ^ DOE. Energy Website. DOE.GOV. . URL: Accessed: 2011-04-08. (Archived by WebCite® at

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