How much energy does an average American home use?
How Much Will I Spend on Electricity in North Carolina?
According to the Energy Information Administration of the U.S. Department of Energy:
In 2010, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 11,496 kWh, an average of 958 kilowatthours (kWh) per month.
What does that mean, in practical terms?
North Carolina residents had an average monthly bill of $125.20, based on the 2010 census data and calculated as of November 2011. Read these facts on the EIA website, here.
For many homes, this may not factor in the cost of heating the home, as gas or propane run furnaces have been common for many years.
This also averages the cost for small apartments and large homes together, so may not be a full picture of the cost for a typical single family home.
What Affects the Cost of Energy in a North Carolina Home?
- A home's energy efficiency rating (efficient heating/cooling equipment, tight construction/ducts, high-performance windows, etc): new homes certified by programs like ENERGY STAR have guarenteed lower energy costs.
- The size of a home: more square footage = more space to heat, cool, and seal.
- The price of oil: oil prices not only affect the cost of heating your home if you have a gas furnace, but it also affects the cost of generating electricity.
- State or Federal tax credits
- Energy provider costs: Duke Energy and Progress Energy are two of the largest energy providers in North Carolina.
How can I save money on electricity in my new NC home?
Consider homes with energy saving measures like:
- Better construction practices (even a home that's 5 years old has been built to a much lower energy code than today's new homes, but overall efficiency still depends on the expertise of the home builder)
- Superior Wall insulated wall panels in basements
- Energy Star rated lighting, light bulbs, and appliances
- Sealed Crawlspace
and many other ideas.
ecoSelect Third Party Energy Certification
The ecoSelect certification in your new home indicates that the construction is designed to provide higher levels of energy efficiency, per the national HERS index, with better indoor air quality and water efficiency than standard new homes. We're not afraid to have third party inspectors check our homes carefully, for your piece of mind and long term value. Learn more about new homes with lower energy costs, here.