Can customers choose their electricity supplier?
In general, retail choice is available only for utility customers served by investor-owned utilities. There are a few electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and government operated utilities that offer retail choice. Customers may contact their distribution utility or the utility regulatory commission in their state to see if retail choice is an option.
How much electricity does an American home use?
In 2014, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,932 kilowatthours (kWh), an average of 911 kWh per month. Louisiana had the highest annual consumption at 15,497 kWh per residential customer, and Hawaii had the lowest at 6,077 kWh per residential customer.
How is electricity used in U.S. homes?
|Estimated U.S. residential electricity consumption by end use, 2014|
|End use||Quadrillion Btu||Billion kilowatthours||Share of total|
|Televisions and related equipment1||0.33||96||7%|
|Furnace fans and boiler circulation pumps||0.15||43||3%|
|Computers and related equipment2||0.12||34||2%|
1 Includes televisions, set-top boxes, home theater systems, DVD players, and video game consoles.
2 Includes monitors and networking equipment.
3 Does not include water heating.
4 Includes small electric devices, heating elements, and motors not listed above. Does not include electric vehicle charging.