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EIA Releases Housing Unit Size Data from the 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS)

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Detailed data for housing unit size estimates from the 2009 Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) include total and average square footage by selected home characteristics, including geography, housing type, and income level.  This data series also includes separate estimates for heated and cooled square footage.  See: square footage tables.

A threefold increase in the number of households included in the 2009 RECS offers more accuracy and coverage for understanding energy usage for all estimated States, Regions and Divisions.  A brief analysis of homes built since 1990 shows that on average homes are 27% larger than homes built in earlier decades.

EIA is finalizing initial Consumption and Expenditures (C&E) estimates from the 2009 RECS. The first C&E data series, which will include summary totals and intensities, will be released shortly. 

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