Residential energy use represents 22% of our national energy consumption. A number of recent studies have indicated that this use could be reduced by 30% without adversely affecting occupant comfort or convenience. Thus, there is increasing emphasis on the implementation of conservation measures in the residential sector. However, the majority of homeowners are still unable to confidently determine which of the many conservation options available will provide a reasonable return on their investment and significantly reduce their energy consumption. Consumers have been confronted with criticism for the use of small electric appliances at one extreme and overzealous promises as to the effectiveness of some building products at the other. The intent of this paper is to discuss the components of residential energy use and the opportunities for energy conservation in such a way as to alleviate some of the confusion.

Meeting Name

3rd Annual UMR-MEC Conference on Energy (1976: Oct. 12-14, Rolla, MO)

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings


Building Energy Usage

Document Version

Final Version

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Publication Date

13 Oct 1976