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Electricity is different from other forms of energy because it merely delivers the energy harnessed from other materials, the primary energy source, at the generating facility.

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Nearly all homes in North Dakota have electricity. In 2013, the average monthly residential electric use was 1205 kWh, which ranks North Dakota fifth in the nation (Behind Louisiana, Tennessee, Mississippi, and Alabama).

About 80% of this electricity has a carbon footprint.


Additional links: (accessed March 16, 2017).

 

How do we use electricity? This is the average distribution for homes across the United States.

Major Appliances, 18%. This includes refrigeration, clothes dryer, cooking, dishwasher, freezer, and clothes washer, in descending order of electrical consumption.

Water Heating, 9%. In our region, a third of the households depend on electricity to power their water heater.

Home Heating, 12%. In addition to electric heaters, this includes furnace fans and boiler circulation pumps for nonelectrical systems, which represent 25% of this category (3% of the total pie). In our region, electricity is a minor provider of room heat.

Home Cooling, 13%.

Electronics, 9%. Examples: computers, TVs, and battery chargers.

Lighting, 11%.

Other, 27% Examples: dehumidifiers, kitchen and bathroom electronics, game consoles, small electronic devices, heating elements, and external power adaptors.

Source: www.eia.gov/tools/faqs/faq.php?id=96&t=3 (accessed March 16, 2017).

How do we use electricity? This is the average distribution for homes in the four-state region of Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Home Heating, 10%. This includes furnace fans and boiler circulation pumps for non-electrical systems. In our region, electricity is a minor provider of room heat—15% of homes use electricity as the primary source for space heating.

Water Heating, 9%. In our region, a third of the households depends on electricity to power their water heater.

Home Cooling, 5%.

Refrigerators, 13%.

Other, 64%. Includes major appliances (clothes dryer, cooking, dishwasher, freezer, and clothes washer), lighting, electronics (examples: computers, TVs, and battery chargers), and small appliances/devices (dehumidifiers, kitchen and bathroom electronics, game consoles, small electronic devices, heating elements, and external power adaptors.

About two-thirds of homes in our region use electricity for drying clothes and cooking food.

Source www.eia.gov/consumption/residential/data/2009/index.php?view=consumption#end-use-by-fuel (accessed March 16, 2017).

 
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