Electricity consumption per dwelling

  • Very unequal level of electricity consumption per household: from around 1600 kWh in Romania, 2000 kWh in Poland and Baltic countries, around 4000 kWh for the EU average to 8,000-10,000 kWh in Finland and Sweden, and even 17,000 kWh in Norway.
  • Heterogeneity due to thermal uses (e.g. electricity main source of space heating in some countries, such as in France, Norway), different levels of equipment rates for electrical appliances  and energy efficiency.

Electricity consumption per dwelling


  • Since 2008, decrease of the electricity consumption per household in 22 countries and at EU level (-1%/year);
  • Strong reduction in Cyprus, Ireland, Belgium, UK, Latvia and Portugal (> 1.5%/year);
  • Strong progression until 2008 in  Southern countries (e.g. Spain, Portugal, Cyprus) due to air conditioning or Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Estonia.

Trends in electricity consumption per dwelling