Energy Consumption

Energy consumption affects issues ranging from national security to economic and agriculture policy to the ongoing national debate over climate change. Since NORC’s initial examinations of food and gas rationing during World War II, our researchers have played an integral role in studying energy consumption and informing energy policy. NORC conducted the Residential Energy Consumption Survey, the most comprehensive source of home energy usage data to date, and The Associated Press–NORC Center for Public Affairs Research conducted a nationally representative household survey to measure public opinion about key energy issues in the United States. Currently, NORC collects the weekly prices of gasoline and diesel fuel from a nationally representative panel of gas stations for the Energy Information Administration.

Representative Projects

EIA-878 Motor Gasoline Price Survey and the EIA-888 On-Highway Diesel Fuel Price Survey. NORC was selected by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) along with its teaming partner Z, INC. to provide data collection for two weekly surveys, EIA-878 “Motor Gasoline Price Survey” and EIA-888 “On-Highway Diesel Fuel Price Survey.” More

Residential Energy Consumption Survey. The RECS Household Survey is a U.S. Department of Energy, Energy Information Administration, research program that collects information from households regarding uses of energy, behaviors and housing characteristics that affect present and long-term uses of energy, and the size of household energy bills. More