Kentucky Residential Energy Consumption

The charts and statistics below provide information about residential energy consumption in Kentucky, including per capita indicators. Statistics include the following:

Energy consumption in homes derives primarily from two sources in the United States: natural gas and electricity. Nationwide, 58% of the approximately 110 million U.S. households heat with natural gas because it is historically the cheapest fuel for home heating. For these homes, natural gas is used for space heating and domestic hot water, and electricity is used for appliances and air conditioning.

The consumption indicators for Kentucky homes listed on this page combine the effects of many trends, including an overall increase in energy efficiency in homes in recent years and the steady growth in size of U.S. homes over the last several decades. According to the National Association of Home Builders, the average home size in the United States was 2,380 square foot (sf) in 2010, up from 1,400 sf in 1970.

The Energy Information Administration (EIA) publishes a detailed summary of energy consumption in U.S. homes every four years. The survey, called the EIA Residential Energy Consumption Survey, covers all energy consumption, including appliances, and is organized by region and by climate (heating and cooling degree days).

Sources of Heating for Kentucky Homes

Natural gas is widely available, except in Alaska, Hawaii, and the New England states. However, many rural homes do not have natural gas pipelines nearby, so they heat with other sources such as electricity, propane, heating oil, and increasingly, solar energy.

Source: 2000 U.S. Census

Sources of Heating for Kentucky Homes

Natural Gas: 44; Fuel Oil: 3; Electricity: 39; Propane: 10; Other/None: 4.
Percentage of Kentucky homes heating with natural gas 44%
Percentage of U.S. homes heating with natural gas 51%
Percent state rank 31
Percentage of Kentucky homes heating with electricity 39%
Percentage of U.S. homes heating with electricity 30%
Percent state rank 14

Residential Consumption of Natural Gas Per Capita in Kentucky

Residential Consumption of Natural Gas Per Capita 1980 - 2009

(million Btu)

1980: 20.4569; 1981: 19.4867; 1982: 18.6073; 1983: 17.409; 1984: 18.5021; 1985: 16.7499; 1986: 16.7111; 1987: 16.6392; 1988: 18.0429; 1989: 18.3916; 1990: 15.8231; 1991: 16.7279; 1992: 17.3986; 1993: 18.3953; 1994: 17.2549; 1995: 18.6566; 1996: 18.7987; 1997: 17.5446; 1998: 14.4172; 1999: 15.2154; 2000: 16.6436; 2001: 14.5208; 2002: 14.9093; 2003: 15.5264; 2004: 14.0124; 2005: 13.8468; 2006: 11.2299; 2007: 12.1085; 2008: 12.8293; 2009: 11.9562;

The increase of residential natural gas consumption correlates well with population growth over time. The smaller the slope of this curve (more horizontal), the stronger the correlation.

Source: DOE Energy Information Administration (EIA) State Energy Consumption, Price, and Expenditure Estimates (SEDS database).

Per capita consumption of natural gas in Kentucky homes in 2009
(million Btu)
12.0
U.S. per capita consumption
(million Btu)
15.6
State rank 34

Residential Electricity Consumption Per Capita

Residential Electricity Consumption Per Capita 1980 - 2011

(kWh)

1980: 3571.4286; 1981: 3733.0147; 1982: 3718.8892; 1983: 3914.6651; 1984: 3971.505; 1985: 3934.8999; 1986: 4150.4195; 1987: 4366.0369; 1988: 4568.2063; 1989: 4602.1594; 1990: 4562.6991; 1991: 5009.2579; 1992: 4724.2332; 1993: 5042.793; 1994: 5061.2757; 1995: 5283.5464; 1996: 5447.2485; 1997: 5311.9621; 1998: 5437.7428; 1999: 5611.6364; 2000: 5782.8976; 2001: 5825.5447; 2002: 6198.8645; 2003: 6004.7752; 2004: 6083.7121; 2005: 6460.5871; 2006: 6150.4807; 2007: 6579.8762; 2008: 6426.1229; 2009: 6144.4112; 2010: 6702.7835; 2011: 6228.0742;

The slope of this curve indicates whether residential electricity consumption is growing faster (upward slope) than population (downward slope) in Kentucky. The smaller the slope (more horizontal), the stronger the correlation between residential electricity consumption and population growth.

Source: EIA SEDS database.

Per capita consumption of electricity in Kentucky homes in 2011
(kWh)
6,228
U.S. per capita consumption of electricity in homes in 2011
(kWh)
4,566
State rank 10