Typical Household Energy Use and Related Emissions

Have you ever wondered what the energy use of a typical household is?

I came across this EPA resource while doing research for a campaign/petition I hope to start shortly and found it very useful and worth sharing.

Check out the EPA’s Household Emissions Calculator Assumptions and References to find out typical household electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, and propane consumptions.  The site also has information about vehicle emissions, but surprisingly they don’t provide an estimate there.

Based on the EPA’s average of 12,000 miles per year and the 20.3 MPG average passenger vehicle fuel economy and the 19.4 pounds of CO2 emissions per gallon of gasoline the typical US household consumes 591 gallons of gasoline and emits 11,468 pounds of CO2 per car or light truck.

The site is great in that it provides details on how they calculate each value and the carbon emissions and provide links to references.

If you are looking for typical household energy consumption, check out the EPA’s Household Emissions Calculator Assumptions and References.

Happy Greening!

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  1. That’s a really useful site. Thanks for sharing. Now I can be more aware of our energy usage. I’d better work on reducing my carbon footprint.

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