Where does the money go?

Energy use is a huge expense for households. The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s Residential Energy Consumption Survey reveals how much New England households are spending on energy:

Graph of household energy costs by region

Households in the Northeast spend the most on energy. Significant space heating as well as high utility prices in the Northeast contribute to the high energy costs.

Average energy costs by fuel type

A greater number of New England households use fuel oil and natural gas than the U.S. average. Fewer use electricity than the U.S. average.

Average energy costs by use

New England households spend much more on space heating and water heating than the U.S. average. They spend much less on air conditioning than the U.S. average.

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