Analysis of Trends in Residential Energy Consumption.
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC ENERGY AND MINERALS DIV
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The purpose of this study is to analyze the underlying trends in U.S. residential energy use in terms of the physical factors which determine that use. The study estimates future consumption mainly on the basis of maintaining current levels of service, with some additional services included, to the extent that recent trends suggest they are likely to be demanded. It intentionally does not include the effects of consumers choosing, or being forced, to accept lower levels of energy services, whether spoken of as life-style changes or freezing in the dark. To the extent that there are reductions in the levels of energy services used by consumers, actual residential energy consumption could be lower than estimated here. This possibility is discussed further in the final chapter. By understanding the trends in the physical factors, we were able to combine them to suggest what currently appears to be the most likely course of future U.S. residential energy use. Author
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