Sustainable Cities and Communities

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Energy Conservation

  • Kathleen ParrottEmail author
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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-71061-7_13-1

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Definition

Energy conservation, especially as applied to the built environment, can be simply defined as deliberately choosing to use less purchased energy, particularly electricity, natural gas, and fuel oil (Huelman 2012). Energy conservation in the built environment is generally accomplished through (1) modifications to, or management of, the equipment within a building (such as adjusting thermostat settings for heating and cooling), (2) improvements in the structure and envelope of the building (such as increasing insulation or installing more efficient lighting), and/or (3) lifestyle and building usage changes (such as dressing in layers of clothing to allow lower thermostat settings within the building or managing window treatments to allow control of sunlight during the changing seasons).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Apparel, Housing and Resource ManagementVirginia TechBlacksburgUSA

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  1. 1.Virginia TechBlacksburgUSA