Report: Energy Costs at 10 year Low

Created: 12/31/2013 7:03 PM KAALtv.com
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- According to ABC News, the average amount of electricity used in U.S. homes has fallen to levels not seen since 2001.

More energy efficient housing and appliances have made it easier for people to conserve energy like never before.

"Even 5 years ago, people didn't have as many gadgets as they do today," said Tony Benson with Rochester Public Utilities.

According to the ABC study, home power usage in the U.S. has gone down for three years in a row. But Dave Thompson with Austin Utilities says local power consumption has been pretty steady. Still, he says better technology has made it easier to conserve, and so have higher home building standards.

"They take a closer look at energy efficiency, take a closer look at the envelope of the house, the insulation, that sort of stuff," said Benson.

"Educate the community with regards to saving, simple things like turning the lights off behind you when you leave, and considering energy star when you're purchasing those large, big ticket items," said Thompson.

"About 10 years ago, a top loader, non-high-efficiency machine would have used probably around 46 gallons of water, where now you're in the 20's," said Janelle Forliti with Warner Stellion.

Forliti says people are able to wash larger loads on one cycle, all contributing to a reported 20% reduction in national home energy over the past 12 years.