Electricity use in America has fallen 7 percent per capita since 2010, according to dramatic newly released figures from the U.S. Energy Information Administration.
“Residential electricity sales per household declined even more than the absolute or per capita declines, decreasing 9 percent between 2010 and 2016,” EIA said.
The steep per capita decline is mirrored by a 3 percent decline in total electricity sales between 2010 and 2016.
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Credit declining power sales to improved energy efficiency technologies and their rapidly expanding deployment.
Shifting weather patterns also had an impact.
“Some of the states with the largest percentage decline in per capita residential electricity sales were also those with the largest changes in winter weather between 2010 and 2016,” EIA said.
The government reported:
“Investments in energy efficiency have contributed to longer-term declines in residential electricity use. On average, from 2013 through 2015, electric utilities, energy efficiency program managers, energy service providers, and other entities provided an annual average of $3.92 in energy efficiency incentives per person, according to EIA’s survey of electric power sales, revenue, and energy efficiency.
“In 2013 through 2015—the most recent years with data on direct investments in energy efficiency programs—annual residential energy efficiency spending per person ranged from about $18 in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to 4 cents in Alaska. EIA information for 2016 energy efficiency spending is expected to be available in October. “