US EIA Releases 2020 RECS Housing Characteristics With Some Lighting Use Data

The US EIA that releases the data is part of the US DOE. The 2020 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) provides household characteristics and energy usage indicators for the estimated 123.5 million homes in the United States in 2020. The first release of 2020 RECS data includes preliminary estimates on the structural and geographic characteristics of homes, types of electronics and appliances used within them, lighting characteristics, demographic characteristics, and household energy insecurity.

Between 2015 and 2020, homes with most or all indoor LED lighting increased from 4% up to 47%. Over the same time period, homes using mostly or all incandescent or halogen dropped from 32% down to 15%. In 2020, 82% of homes used at least one LED indoor bulb, while 61% of homes used at least one incandescent or halogen bulb indoors.

Find the 2020 RECS Survey Data here.


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David Shiller
David Shiller is the Publisher of LightNOW, and President of Lighting Solution Development, a North American consulting firm providing business development services to advanced lighting manufacturers. The ALA awarded David the Pillar of the Industry Award. David has co-chaired ALA’s Engineering Committee since 2010. David established MaxLite’s OEM component sales into a multi-million dollar division. He invented GU24 lamps while leading ENERGY STAR lighting programs for the US EPA. David has been published in leading lighting publications, including LD+A, enLIGHTenment Magazine, LEDs Magazine, and more.


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