Read the National Fact Sheet on Energy Usage in Low-Income Homes.

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Low-Income Households’ Energy Uses:

Average Single-Family Detached Home By Census Region in Normal Weather

» Home energy usage devoted to different purposes varies dramatically according to weather, housing type, and fuel. Any national average of lower-income consumers’ usage masks this variation.

» Northeastern single-family households, on average, use 143% of the energy of an average Westerner’s home.

» Space heating accounts for the majority of energy used in the colder regions while “baseload” uses, water heating, appliances, and lights are a far higher proportion of Western and Southern usage.

» The average usage for all lower-income households living in single-family homes is 11% lower than the average of all other groups living in such houses.

Data Source: U.S. Department of Energy, Residential Energy Consumption Survey, 2005. End usage is adjusted for normal weather
*”Low-income” households are eligible for the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Energy measurements are in MBTU per year (1 MBTU = 1000 British Thermal Units.).

Click on your state or region to find energy usage data in the nine Census divisions

Pacific: Alaska, California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington
Mountain: Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, Wyoming
West North Central: Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota
West South Central: Arkansas, Louisiana, Oklahoma, Texas
East North Central: Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio, Wisconsin
East South Central: Alabama, Kentucky, Mississippi, Tennessee
New England: Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont
Middle Atlantic: New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania
South Atlantic: Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia