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The socio-economic, dwelling and appliance related factors affecting electricity consumption in domestic buildings

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posted on 2015-02-10, 15:05 authored by Rory V. Jones, Alba Fuertes, Kevin LomasKevin Lomas
This paper aims to investigate the socio-economic, dwelling and appliance related factors that have significant or non-significant effects on domestic electricity consumption. To achieve this aim, a comprehensive literature review of international research investigating these factors was undertaken. Although papers examining the factors affecting electricity demand are numerous, to the authors' knowledge, a comprehensive analysis taking stock of all previous findings has not previously been undertaken. The review establishes that no less than 62 factors potentially have an effect on domestic electricity use. This includes 13 socio-economic factors, 12 dwelling factors and 37 appliance factors. Of the 62 factors, four of the socio-economic factors, seven of the dwelling factors, and nine of the appliance related factors were found to unambiguously have a significant positive effect on electricity use. This paper contributes to a better understanding of those factors that certainly affect electricity consumption and those for which effects are unclear and require further research. Understanding the effects of factors can support both the implementation of effective energy policy and aid prediction of future electricity consumption in the domestic sector.


The 4M consortium is funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) under their Sustainable Urban Environment programme [grant EP/F007604/1]. It is a collaboration between the Universities of Loughborough, Newcastle, Sheffield, Exeter and De Montfort.



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Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews




901 - 917


JONES, R.V., FUERTES, A. and LOMAS, K.J., 2015. The socio-economic, dwelling and appliance related factors affecting electricity consumption in domestic buildings. Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 43, pp.901-917.


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This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Elsevier as Open Access at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.rser.2014.11.084



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