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Average kWh Usage for a 2,000 sq. ft. Home

What is the average kWh usage of the typical U.S. home?

You’ll want to know yours so you can start saving energy on your home today.

The average 2,000 sq. ft. U.S. home uses around 1,000 kWh of energy per month or about 32 kWh per day.

A EIA.gov reported the average yearly electricity use for a residential utility customer in the U.S. was 10,399 kWh (867/month) with Louisiana coming in at the highest with 14,242 kWh a customer in a residential unit.

And the typical U.S. citizen uses 41% of their electricity on heating a space and 35% on appliances/electronics/lighting.

Of course these numbers will fluctuate based on whether you live in a hot or cold area and how conscientious you are of energy use.

It also depends on how energy-efficient your home is. For example, using ENERGY STAR appliances, having proper insulation, and updated windows can reduce your energy use and, therefore, the cost of your monthly energy bill.

State-by-state graph of home electricity use

Source Credit: insideenergy.org (2014)

An energy audit can help homeowners figure out how they’re spending energy and where they are wasting it. 

Many homeowners use this information in order to find out how solar panels will help them save money


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Frequently asked questions homeowners ask:

How many solar panels do I need for my home?

A simple way to figure out this number is to calculate it this way:

(hours of sunlight) x (wattage of your solar panel) = number of watts-hours

So, if you get 5 hours of direct sunlight and you have a 250 watts solar panel, that panel would get 1,250 watts-hours (about 1.2-1.3kWh).

This would be about 438 – 474kWh of energy per panel per year.

How Much Do Solar Panels Cost Per Sq. Ft.?

Though “how much do solar panels cost per sq. ft.” is a very common and understandable question to evaluate when planning your solar panel system, it’s not an entirely accurate way to look at your power potential. 

Instead you want to look at cost per watt and how much energy you use in kWh. When you include everything that comes with solar panels (parts, permits, overhead, labor, and the solar panels themselves), you’re looking at solar panels costing around $6 to $8 per watt.

It doesn’t matter if you have a 1,500 square foot roof or a 3,000 square foot roof, the amount of solar panels you’ll need will vary depending on your energy use

A watt is the measurement used to gauge the ideal power potential of a solar panel. Most residential solar panel systems use between 250-325 watt solar panels. 

Most U.S homes have rooftops that are about 1,500 sq. ft.. And the average solar power system needed is a 5 kilowatt system. This size of solar panel layout will only take about 350-400 sq. ft., so most homeowners will have more than enough room for solar panels. 

The national average cost of a solar panel is around $2.98/watt. So if you’re gearing up for a 6kWh solar panel system, it will cost you around $17-18,000. However, after tax credits, homeowners are savings thousands on their systems, reducing the cost to around $10-$12,500.Factors that bring down the cost of your solar power system would be your tax incentives, benefits, state incentives, and solar programs.

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