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AC adoption may increase household electricity consumption up to 42%

In a recent study by EnergyA, an EU-funded research project, authors examined the impact of climatic conditions on households’ electricity expenditures in Australia, Canada, France, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden and Switzerland. Households in these countries respond to warmer weather by adopting air conditioning (AC), which leads to increased electricity expenditures.

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Total electricity used for air conditioning worldwide amounted to nearly 10% of electricity consumed in 2016. The International Energy Agency has estimated that by 2050, air conditioning (AC) would become the strongest driver of growth in buildings' electricity demand, r...

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