Home Depot Green Energy Expert: Americans Are Taking Control Of Their Power Use
Green tech expert Jennifer Tuohy discusses new home energy tech and developments for renewables in the US
The American consumer is leading the march toward energy efficiency in this country. They’re embracing government-sponsored programs such as Energy Star and technological advances like the Internet of Things (IoT) and solar panels to reduce their annual energy usage and put money back into their pockets.
While the residential sector is currently the largest consumer of electricity in the country, taking a 38 percent share (1.4 trillion kWh in 2015), residential energy intensity (the measure of the energy efficiency of a nation’s economy) is projected to decline even as the population grows.* The average household’s purchase of electricity is predicted to fall 11.3 percent between 2015 and 2040, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration Annual Energy Outlook (AEO) 2016. This is not only previously unheard of, but signals a change in the way Americans are consuming energy.