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Type Journal Article - TMC Academic Journal
Title Trends in domestic electricity consumption in Botswana
Author(s)
Volume 9
Issue 2
Publication (Day/Month/Year) 2015
Page numbers 83-104
URL http://centaur.reading.ac.uk/39996/1/TMC Academy - Article 5.pdf
Abstract
Data on electricity consumption patterns relating to different end uses in
domestic houses in Botswana is virtually non-existent, despite the fact that
the total electricity consumption patterns are available. This can be attributed
to the lack of measured and quantified data and in other instances the lack of
modern technology to perform such investigations. This paper presents
findings from initial studies that are envisaged to bridge the gap. Electricity
consumption patterns of 275 domestic households in Gaborone (the capital
city of Botswana) have been studied. This was carried out through a
questionnaire survey and electricity measurements. Households were
categorized based on the number of people occupying the house. From the
study, it was evident that the number of people influences the amount of
energy a household use although this cannot be treated as an independent
factor when assessing energy use. The study also indicated that heating,
cooling and domestic hot water (DHW) account for over 30% of energy used
in the home. This is worth considering in energy consumption reduction
measures. Due to a small sample size, it would not be wise to draw sweeping
conclusions from the analysis of this paper or to make statements that would
be aimed at influencing policies. However, the results presented forms a
formidable base for further research, which is currently on going.

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Ofetotse, Eng, Emmanuel Essah, and Runming Yao. "Trends in domestic electricity consumption in Botswana." TMC Academic Journal 9, no. 2 (2015): 83-104.
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