How Many Watts Does a House Use?

The specific watts of electricity used by a standard home depends on a number of factors, including the amount and types of electrical devices in use. The average American home consumed approximately 10,837 kilowatts of power in 2012.

Each individual appliance and device in the home adds to the overall power consumption, as does often-overlooked things, such as the home's insulation and energy saving features. For instance, a home with little or inadequate insulation can use more power due to the need to produce more cooling or heat to compensate for the loss of heating or cooling seeping through the walls.