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Modeling Space Heating Demand in Massachusetts’ Housing Stock and the Implications for Climate Change Mitigation Policy

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This research examines variation in average household energy consumption for space heating in municipalities in Massachusetts in order to explore the magnitude of variation among communities and potential causes. A dataset that aggregates natural gas consumption at the municipal level is used for a sample of municipalities in Massachusetts. Based upon this data, a regression model is developed to determine building and household occupancy characteristics that influence household energy consumption. The findings suggest dwelling size, tenure, and age are related to average household energy consumption. Based upon these findings, recommendations are developed for the restructuring of federal and state level energy efficiency programs.
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2011-01-01
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