The residential sector consists of private households. Energy is consumed primarily for space heating, water heating, air conditioning, refrigeration, cooking, clothes drying, and lighting. Fuel used for motor vehicles by household members is included in the transportation sector.
Total residential sector expenditures on energy decreased 6.1 percent to $1,390.3 million from 2011 to 2012. In 2012, Nebraska residents spent $972.3 million for electricity, $271.6 million for natural gas, $134.9 million for propane, $8.7 million for wood, $2.8 million for heating oil, and $0.1 million for kerosene. Since the residential sector's coal consumption was reported as zero in 1998, 1999, 2000, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, and 2012, the expenditure for coal is shown as $0. If coal was consumed in the residential sector in the years for which zero expenditures were reported, the expenditure was small enough to round to zero in this table. There are no direct fuel costs for hydroelectric, geothermal, wind, photovoltaic, or solar thermal energy.
Electricity expenditures were nearly three–quarters (69.9 percent) of the total money spent in the residential sector on energy in 2012, and expenditures on natural gas were a fifth (19.5 percent). Propane expenditures were 9.7 percent of the total while each of the other fuels' expenditures was less than one percent.
The expenditures are in nominal dollars to provide a better comparison.