Title

The impact of building energy codes on household electricity expenditures

Publication Date

1-1-2020

Document Type

Article

Department

Economics

Publication Title

Economics Letters

Volume

186

DOI

10.1016/j.econlet.2019.108841

Abstract

Home energy use is a major source of a typical US household's carbon emissions. This study uses the American Community Survey (ACS) micro data to estimate the impact of building energy codes on household electricity expenditures, using multiple regression and difference-in-difference models. In California and US samples, I present new evidence that energy codes were modestly effective. Homes built in the decade after energy codes were first adopted spend between 1.5% and 4% less on electricity compared to homes built prior to their adoption.

Keywords

Energy, Environment, Housing, Regulation, Urban

Comments

A corrigendum to this article has been published at the following address: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.econlet.2021.109738

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