June 19, 2018
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Home energy use

By Dick Hill

The annual residential energy consumption, according to the Energy Information Administration, is about 100,000 Btu for each square foot of living space. Here is how you can check your house:

• Multiply your annual use of electricity (kilowatt-hours) by 10,000.

• Multiply your annual consumption of heating oil by 130,000.

• Multiply the cubic feet of natural gas by 1,000.

• Multiply cords of wood by 20 million.

Add it all up and divide by the floor area of your house — are you above or below the 100,000 Btu per square foot annual U.S. residential average?

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