Factors Affecting Renters' Electricity Use:More Than Split Incentives

Rohan Best, Paul Burke, Shuhei Nishitateno

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    This paper uses data from the 2015 Residential Energy Consumption Survey to explore the extent to which renters' electricity use in the United States exceeds that of otherwise similar non-renters. Renting households are found to use approximately 9% more electricity than non-renters when controlling for location,socioeconomic, and many appliance-quantity controls. There are multiple factorsthat explain this extra electricity use, including inferior energy efficiency of appliances, behavioral factors, differences in bill payment responsibilities, and additional reliance by renters on electric space and water heaters. The paper finds thatnone of these factors are dominant. The phenomenon of renters' (conditionally)higher electricity use is thus best understood as one that emerges from multiplesources.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalThe Energy Journal
    Issue number5
    Publication statusPublished - 2021


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