Just a few short months ago temperatures started their cyclical rise and air conditioners began blasting icy-cold relief all across the nation. Though summer may be coming to a close and fall’s crisp temperatures are slowly bringing down the insufferable heat, it’s the perfect time to look back on how energy consumption stacks up in the summer.
This infographic delves into the depths of energy consumption, breaking down residential energy use by season. Like most people would imagine, electricity use sees a big spike in the sizzling summer months. The increase is largely attributed the use of air conditioners. The device is responsible for 19 percent of household electricity usage. And with 98.8 million American homes equipped with air conditioning, it costs homeowners a whopping $11 billion every year to keep their homes cool.
In the nation’s five hottest states—Texas, Louisiana, Florida, Oklahoma and Mississippi—electricity consumption is the highest. More than 21 percent of the nation’s electricity consumption occurs in these states each year.
But heat isn’t the only extreme temperature threatening comfort levels in the United States. The winter months can have equally troubling energy bills and, as the infographic shows, similar spikes in energy consumption. In fact, about 47 percent of all fossil fuel consumption occurs during December, January and February, when the nation’s temperatures drop to their lowest and heating becomes a necessity.
The cost of energy can be a strain in any given month, but the extreme temperatures of summer and winter—and the massive expense of heating and cooling that follows—can launch the average energy bill to epic proportions. Hopefully this infographic will allow you to breathe a sigh of relief knowing that the hottest months are soon to be a distant memory and electric bills will once again reflect the lower prices associated with fall.
Information graphic courtesy of SaveOnEnergy.com