TABLE 4-1 RECS Data Collection Years and Survey Characteristics

Year

Completed Household Interviews

Survey Characteristics

1978

4,081

The first survey was called the National Interim Energy Consumption Survey (NIECS). The sample was based on a household survey sample developed by the data collection contractor for a previous survey.

1979

4,033

The Household Screener Survey (HSS) was conducted as a follow-up to the NIECS, with the same sample being recontacted.

1980

6,051

A new multistage area probability sample was developed based on the 1970 decennial census. The name of the survey was changed to the Residential Energy Consumption Survey (RECS). A rotating panel component was introduced. The smallest level of geographic detail for which data were available was the census division.

1981

6,269

No major changes to the sample design. The smallest level of geographic detail for which data were available was the census division.

1982

4,724

No major changes to the sample design. The smallest level of geographic detail for which data were available was the census division.

1984

5,682

A new sampling frame was developed based on the 1980 decennial census. The smallest level of geographic detail for which data were available was the census division.

1987

6,229

No major changes to the sample design. The reference period was changed from April through March to the calendar year. The smallest level of geographic detail for which data were available was the census division.

1990

5,095

No major changes to the sample design. The smallest level of geographic detail for which data were available was the census division.

1993

7,111

A new multistage area probability sample was developed based on the 1990 decennial census. The rotating panel component was discontinued. State-level data were available for the four most populous states (California, Texas, New York, and Florida) in addition to the data by census division.



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