Looking across the country at how people live, the factors that cause the most differences in home lifestyle, including energy use, are:
Geographic location determines what climate people live in, what appliances they have, and what types of energy they use in their home. Socioeconomic differences may show how differences vary based on race, gender, or the number and relationships of the persons in a household. Household income can affect the number and cost-related attributes and types of appliances, like televisions, that most households have. This document looks at the relationships of these factors to home appliance ownership, based on information from the 2001 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS), conducted by the Energy Information Administration.