Virginia has made progress in reducing its energy consumption, and this is reflected by a recent drop in EIA’s state-by-state ranking of energy consumption per capita. Electricity consumption, which is a significant part of overall energy use in Virginia, decreased two percent from 2004-2014. This is notable because the state’s population grew by 10 percent during the same time.
WHERE WE USE THE MOST ENERGY
- Heating and cooling, typically the largest energy users in homes and businesses
- Appliances, especially refrigerators, dishwashers and dryers, which together account for about 20% of all energy used in homes
- Water heating, on average nine percent of all energy used in the home
- Lighting, the largest energy user in the commercial sector and nine percent of power used in homes
- Electronics, an area where demand is increasing because of computers, larger and more sophisticated televisions, digital media and appliances
Residential. Virginia homes are the second largest end-user of energy in Virginia at 26.4% of all consumption. Virginia’s per capita residential sector energy consumption is ranked 22nd highest in the nation.
Commercial. Virginia businesses are the third largest end-user of energy in Virginia at 25.3% of all consumption. Virginia’s per capita commercial sector energy consumption is ranked 9th highest in the nation.
Industrial/Government. While Virginia’s utilities serve several large industrial customers, including major military bases, one of the largest ports in the United States, and a large share of the computer infrastructure supporting the Internet, its per capita industrial sector energy consumption is ranked 38th highest in the nation.
Transportation. Virginia’s transportation sector consumes the greatest amount of energy in the state at 29.6% of total energy use. Despite this, the state is ranked 25th in the nation in per capita transportation sector energy consumption.