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Switching Household Power Energy Requirements 1 Switching Household Power Energy Requirements Aimee Simpson Southern New Hampshire University SCI-218-T6319 Natural Resources 17EW6 July 26, 2017
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SWITCHING HOUSEHOLD POWER ENERGY REQUIREMENTS 2 There are numerous factors that drive the energy usage, physical house size, appliance standards, electricity prices and access to alternative cooking, heating and cooling fuels. Our household electricity use has been 2,000 kWh each of the last few years, which means it is about 700 kWh per person. The United States was the 2nd largest energy consumer in 2010 considering total use. I would like to reduce my usage significantly in order to help the overall effect on the world. Energy consumption usage has changed over the history of our country as we developed new energy sources and as our uses of energy changed. In the mid-1800s wood was the primary source of energy in households and then in the late 19 th century, coal became the primary source for households. In the 20 th century, a new form of energy came about called nuclear electric power and it is the primary source for electric power generation. “While the Nation's overall energy history is one of significant change as new forms of energy were developed, the three major fossil fuels–petroleum, natural gas, and coal, which together provided an average of 87% of total U.S. primary energy use over the past decade–have dominated the U.S. fuel mix for well over 100 years.” (History of energy consumption. 2009) “In 2015, the average annual electricity consumption for a U.S. residential utility customer was 10,812 kilowatt-hours (kWh), an average of 901 kWh per month.” (History of energy consumption. 2009) If you compare the United
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