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Energy Efficiency Improvements Have Largely Offset Effect of More, Larger Homes

February 20, 2015 by U.S. EIA: Today in Energy

Energy Efficiency and Energy Consumption

Analysis of EIA's Residential Energy Consumption Survey conducted since 1980 shows how improvements in energy efficiency reduced energy intensity enough to offset more than 70% of the growth in both the number of households and the size of dwellings.[read more]

Electricity, Not Gas, Gains Market Share in Home Heating

January 3, 2015 by Katherine Tweed

Last January, the polar vortex brought extreme cold temps to much of the U.S., causing energy prices to spike as the natural gas system struggled and fossil-fuel power plants tripped offline. But new figures suggest that for the fastest-growing parts of the country, electricity is gaining share as the heating fuel choice.[read more]

Can a Systems Engineering Approach Solve Consumption Challenges in the Electricity Value Chain?

April 8, 2014 by Christine Hertzog

A system is a set of components that interact in an organized fashion toward a common purpose. Add living organisms like humans, it becomes an ecosystem. The electric grid was a complex system, but the advent of Smart Grid technologies started a grid transformation into a complex ecosystem[read more]