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Energy conservation and the residential and commercial sectorA detailed analysis of energy conservation actions relevant to the residential and commercial sector has led to the conclusion that the potential for savings is great. The task will not be easy, however, since many of the actions require significant life style changes that are difficult to accomplish. Furthermore, many of the conservation actions cited as instant solutions to the energy crisis are those with only mid to long term potential, such as solar energy or heat pumps. Three significant conservation approaches are viable: adjusting price structure, mandating actions, and educating consumers. The first two appear to be the most feasible. But they are not without a price. Higher utility bills adversely affect the poor and the elderly on fixed incomes. Likewise, strict mandatory measures can be quite distasteful. But the effect of alternatives, such as voluntary savings accomplished through education processes, is minimal in a nation without a true conservation ethic.
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Document Type
Conference Paper
Date Acquired
August 8, 2013
Publication Date
September 1, 1975
Publication Information
Publication: ECASTAR: Energy Conserv.
Subject Category
Energy Production And Conversion
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Work of the US Gov. Public Use Permitted.

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