Average Home Energy Usage

How much do I use?

The best way to determine your average home energy usage is to use the resources on this site and others to measure your usage. Before doing that you can refer to the pie charts below. This data is from the government sites references.

The average home energy use in Canada is as follows:

  • Heating and Cooling - 65%
    (cooling is only 2%)
  • Water Heater - 18%
  • Appliances - 13%
  • Lights - 4%

The average home energy usage in Canada is largely impacted by heating as many of the homes are in colder areas. The warmer parts of Canada, say, Southern Ontario, will have energy usages that look somewhere between the Canadian pie chart and the US pie chart. Most homes in cities such as Edmonton, Alberta don't even have air conditioners.

The average home energy use in the USA is as follows:

  • Heating and Cooling - 43%
  • Water Heater - 12%
  • Appliances - 17%
  • Lights - 11%
  • Computer/Electronics - 9%
  • Other - 8%

The US climate varies significantly between the northern states and the southern states, so I have lumped heating and cooling together above. You can estimate where you might sit using the two pie charts based on how far south you live.

My page Energy Savings Tips for the Home suggests some ideas for reducing your energy usage. This page shows you how much money you can save by doing a few easy things.

It depends where you live...

Where you live will impact your energy bills. The two charts below show average homes in a cold climate (like Alberta, Canada) and compare a city home and a country home.

The main difference between city and country home is that the country home uses heating oil or propane and has water trucked in (the hot water heater is electric or propane).

The main difference in the pie charts below and the ones above is the ones below are based on energy cost (not total energy) and include water costs (which can be a substantial percentage of cost)

For more information on energy prices go to my page on energy prices.

If you live in the country your largest savings will come by reducing your water usage, hot water usage, and heating energy.

The two charts below show average homes in a warm climate (like Florida, USA) and compare a city home and a country home. The differences between the city and country home are the same as in a cold climate.

Factors that Affect Your Usage

  1. Energy Prices - The price of electricity, natural gas, propane or fuel oil varies depending on where you live and based on the amount you use. Many ulitily companies have tiered pricing and some even have time of day pricing.
  2. Efficiency of your Home/Appliances - Your home may have great insulation and windows, but maybe you have an old hot water heater or love to take 30 min showers? This would change your profile. If you run a business from home, you may be using more electricity in the "other" category.

Like I mentioned above, the best way to estimated your average home energy usage is to measure it.

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