Exploring the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on residential energy consumption: A global literature review: a global literature review

Hongyang Li, Tingting Jiang, Tongyuan Wu, Martin Skitmore, Nima Talebian

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Abstract

The outbreak of COVID-19 makes researchers notice some new points and change their focus, such as the economies of scale for residential energy use, energy dependency of societies, etc. This paper provides a bibliometric analysis of 497 articles by VOSviewer, finding existing studies of building energy use during COVID-19 could be summarized into four keywords, i.e. building occupants, coronavirus, sustainability and monitor & management. Significant increases in residential energy consumption are found with the increased in-home-activity duration, while the growth rate varies between different neighborhoods, different times of day and different usage of energy. Attitudes vary toward the changing trend in the post-pandemic period, and the impacts of lockdown, new confirmed cases, social distancing, etc. on residential energy consumption are given special attention in recent studies. Policy implications are concluded for maintaining normal operation of residential energy systems under the shock of public health emergencies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-22
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of Environmental Planning and Management
Early online date14 Jan 2023
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 23 Jan 2023

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