US Energy Information Administration Reports Findings of Increasing Home Size and Energy Use
The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) recently reported on the impact of larger home sizes and the resulting energy use. The report contains interesting and valuable information, including home size trends and energy use and efficiency data.
First, homes in all areas of the country are larger than ever. The study compares homes built in the 1970's, 1980's, 1990's, and the most recent homes, built in the 2000's. Not only is square footage increasing, more homes are being built with features that have an effect on energy use, such as high ceilings.
Another interesting statistic revealed in the report is that larger homes tend to be built in cooler climates, while smaller homes are more often located in milder climates. Large homes in areas with harsher winters require more energy for heating. As far as air conditioning is concerned, studies reveal that more homes are being equipped with central air conditioning than ever before.
One of the most interesting findings in this report is that while owners of larger homes are burdened with higher energy costs, these homes are more likely to have energy efficient features and improvements, such as insulation and energy efficient windows.
Regardless of the size of your home, as a homeowner in Katy, TX, you know that summers, in particular, can be expensive as you try to keep your home cool. One thing you can do to learn more about your home's energy use and reduce energy costs is to schedule an appointment with an energy auditor.
These statistics are telling, but each home is unique. An energy auditor in Katy, TX can take your home's specific size and features into account, report on your energy use, and make the best recommendations for reducing energy use in your home.
American Comfort Solutions participates in the home performance evaluation program through Energy Star. We can send an energy auditor to your home so you can learn more about the way your home uses and wastes energy.
Following your appointment with an energy auditor, American Comfort Solutions can help you come up with a plan for making your home more efficient. Our energy auditor might recommend small actions like scheduling a maintenance appointment for your HVAC equipment, or a larger change like replacing your current equipment with newer, more efficient products.