Breakdown of electricity consumption by use

Certain types of devices consume more electricity than others. Find out how an average household consumes electricity. Use the pie charts to better understand your consumption and target your energy-efficiency efforts.

20,494
kWh/year
=
average consumption for a small house in 2015

54%

Heating and air-conditioning

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20%

Hot water

Main household uses of hot water*

  • 34 % – Faucets
  • 25 % – Showers
  • 17 % – Baths
  • 15 % – Laundry
  • 5 % – Leaks
  • 4 % – Dishwashing

* Source: Canadian Building Energy End-Use Data and Analysis Centre

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18%

Appliances and electronics

Consumption per appliance type*

  • 33 % – Refrigerator
  • 18 % – Dryer
  • 16 % – Other2
  • 15 % – Range
  • 13 % – Freezer
  • 3 % – Dishwasher1
  • 2 % – Washer1

* Source: Natural Resources Canada

1 Excluding hot water consumption

2 Including devices such as televisions, DVD players, radios and computers.

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5%

Lighting

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3%

Other