Residential energy expenditures and the relevance of changes in household circumstances

Publication type

Journal Article

Published in

Energy Economics

Author

Simonetta Longhi

Publication date

Summary

This paper analyses the impact that dwelling
characteristics and characteristics and behaviours of household members
have on per capita energy expenditures. It also analyses whether changes
in household socio-economic circumstances translate in changes in
energy expenditures. Socio-economic characteristics have a moderate
impact, while dwelling characteristics and especially household size
have much larger impacts. The largest changes in energy expenditures are
due to changes in household size.The recent
socio-demographic trends will make it harder to design policies to
effectively reduce the carbon footprint of a country, while policies
influencing cohabitation and family size may have positive indirect
effects.

Volume and page numbers

49, 440-450

DOI

http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.eneco.2015.03.018

ISSN

16

Subjects

Environmental Sociology, Social Change and Households

Notes

Open Access article; Open Access funded by Economic and Social Research Council; Under a Creative Commons license

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