Residential Market Segmentation Data Sources

Author: Clean and Efficient Energy Program
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Residential Market Segmentation Data Sources

Institutional Knowledge

Start with what is available from your utility's billing system or planning department.

Rely on the knowledge of field staff that is familiar with your service territory.

Secondary Sources

Seek information from the local building department or other agencies that keep community records.

U.S. Census Bureau: The American Community Survey (ACS) - The ACS provides county level data on dwelling types, income levels, owner versus renter occupied housing, age of housing stock, house-heating fuels, and the median monthly operating costs of area homes.

U.S. Census Bureau: The American Housing Survey (AHS) - The AHS collects data on the types and sizes of housing units, household characteristics, income, housing and neighborhood quality, housing costs, equipment and fuels, and recent movers at the national level and for 47 major metropolitan areas.

EIA: The Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS) - RECS is a resource for information on residential energy use in the United States, including datasets on the physical characteristics of housing units and demographic characteristics of households by region.

Baseline or potential studies conducted by neighboring utilities or for your state or region can also be used to approximate conditions in your service territory.

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