What Is the Average KWh Usage for a Home?

According to the Energy Information Administration, each residence in the United States consumed an average of approximately 10,837 kWh in 2012, or 903 kWh per month. That number is slightly lower than the 2011 amount of 11,280 kWh per residential customer, or 940 kWh per month.

Average residential usage of electricity varies greatly among the states, with Maine using the least energy in 2012 and Louisiana using the most energy in 2012. In that same year, electricity used for lighting made up less than one-fourth of the total energy consumption of residential and commercial customers in the United States. Appliances that use more than 500 watts include hair blow dryers, microwaves, water heaters and clothes dryers.