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A Question of Control: Alternative Patterns of Air Conditioner Use

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Energy and Buildings, Number 18, p.193-200 (1992)



In the summer of 1986 a survey of 279 households was conducted as part of a three-year behavioral study of culture and energy consumption in 486 apartments in Davis, California. This survey alogn with meter readings, interviews and observations, found considerable variation in air-conditioner use. This paper explores those variations, particularly the range of control strategies used by these residents