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January 18, 2013

Where Does My Money Go?

The annual energy bill for a typical single home is approximately $2,200.
Where Does My Money Go bar chart
Expense Percentage
Heating 29%
Cooling 17%
Water Heating 14%
Appliances 13%
Lighting 12%
Electronics 4%
Other 11%
Heating
Cooling
Water Heating
Appliances (includes refrigerator, dishwasher, clothes washer and dryer)
Lighting
Electronics (includes computer and monitor and TV and DVD player)
Other* (includes external power adapters, telephony, set-top boxes, ceiling fans, vent fans and home audio)
Source: Typical House Memo, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, 2009 and Typical house_2009_Reference.xls spreadsheet.
Average price of electricity is 11.3 cents per kilo-watt hour. Average price of natural gas is $13.29 per million Btu.
* "Other" represents an array of household products, including stoves, ovens, microwaves, and small appliances like coffee makers and dehumidifiers.

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