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Energy Use and Appliance Ownership in Ireland

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  • Leahy, Eimear

    (ESRI)

  • Lyons, Seán

    (ESRI)

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This paper examines domestic energy use and appliance ownership in Ireland. Regression analyses on a large micro-dataset reveal how household characteristics can help explain the ownership of energy using appliances. The location of the household, the number of rooms and household income are important factors, as are certain characteristics of the highest earner in the household such as education level and age. We also find evidence that household income, number of persons, accommodation characteristics, region, and age of the highest earner can help explain domestic electricity use, even after taking account of the household's endowment of appliances. The level of demand for domestic heating is also associated with housing tenure and the employment status of the highest earner.

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Paper provided by Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI) in its series Papers with number WP277.

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Length: 40 pages
Date of creation: Feb 2009
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Handle: RePEc:esr:wpaper:wp277

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Keywords: appliance ownership/energy efficiency/Energy use/Ireland/education;

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  1. Nie, Hongguang & Kemp, René, 2014. "Index decomposition analysis of residential energy consumption in China: 2002–2010," Applied Energy, Elsevier, vol. 121(C), pages 10-19.
  2. Leahy, Eimear & Tol, Richard S. J., 2011. "Greener Homes: An Ex-Post Estimate of the Cost of Carbon Dioxide Emission Reduction using Administrative Micro-Data from the Republic of Ireland," Papers WP388, Economic and Social Research Institute (ESRI).
  3. Hyland, Marie & Leahy, Eimear & Tol, Richard S.J., 2013. "The potential for segmentation of the retail market for electricity in Ireland," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 61(C), pages 349-359.
  4. Nina Boogen & Souvik Datta & Massimo Filippini, 2014. "Going beyond tradition: Estimating residential electricity demand using an appliance index and energy services," CER-ETH Economics working paper series 14/200, CER-ETH - Center of Economic Research (CER-ETH) at ETH Zurich.

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