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International Residential Energy End Use Data: Analysis of Historical and Present Day Structure and Dynamics

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Energy, Number 7, p.205-212 (1982)



International comparisons of residential energy use have been hindered in the past by lack of data and common measuring systems.^Ongoing efforts to disaggregate data on residential space comfort and appliance energy use for major OECD countries are reported.^Indicators of structure (i.e., dwelling size, number of appliances, incomes, etc) and of intensity (energy use per degree day, etc.) are developed for various countries and compared.^It is shown that in certain countries there is much room for energy conservation by reductions in energy intensity even as structural factors - rising incomes - increase energy use.