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New Homes Tend to Use More Energy
( February 9, 2004) -- Homes built between 1990 and 2001 use more energy than those built 30 years before, according to the Energy Information Administration, an arm of the U.S. Department of Energy.
Despite better insulation, highly sophisticated window technology, and fewer air leaks, new homes consume about 92.7 million Btu of energy annually.
Why? DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy attributes the trend to larger property sizes and the tendency of wealthier homeowners not to worry about energy conservation.
Source: Home Energy (02/01/04)