Who consumes the most electricity in the United States?

The average consumer. Residental power use accounts for 39.6% of electricity use, but that hasn't always been the case.

plugIn 1990, industry was the major consumer of electricity at 34.9%, followed by residential at 34.1% and commercial at 27.7%. However, by 2009, the residential sector, at 39.6%, was the main consumer of electricity generated in the United States, followed by the commercial sector at 35.7% and the industrial sector at 24.5%. 

Residential energy use generates about 21% of the CO2 emissions in the United States, that’s twice as much as an average car! 

Want to be more green?

The U.S. Department of Energy provides a list of websites and resources to help consumers who are interested in purchasing renewable energy. Approximately 50% of U.S. consumers have access to alternative sources of energy through their current power company.