Energy Insights: Gas Homes Show Lower Levels of Energy Insecurity
- According to the Energy Information Administration’s (EIA) 2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), 27% of households reported experiencing some form of energy insecurity. Of those, 31 percent use electricity as their main heating source, 24 percent use natural gas, 22% use propane, and 23% use wood.
- The EIA RECS survey also reported that 24 percent of households that use electricity for heating, 17 percent of households that use gas for heating, and 17 percent that use propane reported forgoing food or medicine costs to pay energy bills.
- A 2022 AGA study on home appliance costs estimated that annual space heating costs for a typical natural gas home are $770, $1256 for electricity-heated homes, $1519 for oil-heated homes, and $1485 for propane-heated homes pay $1,485.
- EIA and AGA data show that natural gas space heating remains the most cost-effective source of heat for residential customers.
Source: Based on data from Energy Information Administration Residential Energy Consumption Survey (2020) and Appliance Cost and Emissions Comparison 2022 (aga.org)
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