Building pros focus a lot of attention on providing energy-efficient space heating and water heating to their customers. So perhaps it won’t come as a shock that those are the top two consumers of energy in U.S. homes, according to the Energy Information Administration’s latest Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). Space heating is an especially big consumer in single-family homes, the EIA reports. “Single-family detached homes accounted for 62% of the occupied residential building stock in 2015, and residents in these homes consumed nearly three times more energy on average than residents living in an apartment building with five or more units,” the report says. “In single-family detached homes, space heating was by far the largest end use at 46% of total consumption. For residents of large apartment buildings, space heating accounted for only 25% of consumption.” Variation in water heating consumption, on the other hand, is driven primarily by the number of occupants in a home.
The findings reinforce the need for designers, engineers, and builders to ensure they’re fully educated on the technologies that can improve the efficiency of a home’s space heating and water heating. A great place to start is our new training course, A Comparative Analysis of Residential Heating Systems, which summarizes the key findings from an analysis of the energy, economic, and environmental results of using various heating systems in different locations throughout the U.S.