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Influence of the Population Density of Cities on Energy Consumption of Their Households

Departamento de Ingeniería Eléctrica, Escuela Superior de Ingeniería, Universidad de Sevilla, Camino de los Descubrimientos, s/n, 41092 Sevilla, Spain
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Sustainability 2021, 13(14), 7542; https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147542
Received: 31 May 2021 / Revised: 25 June 2021 / Accepted: 2 July 2021 / Published: 6 July 2021
(This article belongs to the Collection Sustainable Household Behaviors: Consumption and Mobility)
36% of the energy consumed and 40% of emissions are due to buildings in the residential and tertiary sectors. These antecedents have forced governments to focus on saving energy and reducing emissions in this sector. To help government decision-making and facilitate energy planning for utilities, this work analyzes the energy consumption that occurs in city buildings. The information used to carry it out is publicly accessible. The study is carried out from the point of view of the population density of the cities, and these are analyzed individually. Furthermore, the area actually occupied by the city has been considered. The results are studied by inhabitant and household. The proposed method has been applied to the case of Spanish cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants. The results show that the higher the population density, the higher the energy consumption. This occurs both per inhabitant and per household. Furthermore, the consumption of electrical energy is inelastic, which is not the case with the consumption of thermal origin. View Full-Text
Keywords: population density; energy consumption; population behaviors; cities; buildings; Spain population density; energy consumption; population behaviors; cities; buildings; Spain
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Zarco-Periñán, P.J.; Zarco-Soto, I.M.; Zarco-Soto, F.J. Influence of the Population Density of Cities on Energy Consumption of Their Households. Sustainability 2021, 13, 7542. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147542

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Zarco-Periñán PJ, Zarco-Soto IM, Zarco-Soto FJ. Influence of the Population Density of Cities on Energy Consumption of Their Households. Sustainability. 2021; 13(14):7542. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147542

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Zarco-Periñán, Pedro J., Irene M. Zarco-Soto, and Fco. Javier Zarco-Soto. 2021. "Influence of the Population Density of Cities on Energy Consumption of Their Households" Sustainability 13, no. 14: 7542. https://doi.org/10.3390/su13147542

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