As American homes get bigger, energy efficiency gains are wiped out

U.S. homes have been expanding steadily over the years: The average home in 2012 was estimated at 1,864 square feet, 28% bigger than in 1970.

While U.S. homes are a third more energy efficient than they were over the past several decades, newly built homes on average are 28 percent larger. All of which means that the overall “energy intensity” of U.S. homes has changed very little in that same time frame, according to a story from the Pew Research Center.

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