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New insights on the energy impacts of telework

Hannah Villeneuve, Ahmed Abdeen, Maya Papineau (), Sharane Simon, Cynthia Cruickshank () and William O’Brien ()
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Cynthia Cruickshank: Department of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, Carleton University
William O’Brien: Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University,

No 20-20, Carleton Economic Papers from Carleton University, Department of Economics

Abstract: Quantifying the energy impact of teleworking has been challenging due to the low prevalence of telework. The COVID-19 pandemic and the associated widespread shift to telework provides a new opportunity to study the energy impact of teleworking. Within two months of the lockdowns we surveyed 297 knowledge-based workers who started primarily working from home to investigate their energy-related behaviours and attitudes. The survey’s major themes are energy- saving actions taken in the office, equipment used for telework, impacts on home energy usage, and both awareness of and response to electricity pricing. Given trends towards increased teleworking in the future, these results can inform public policy related to teleworking and energy.

Keywords: telework; household energy consumption; occupant behaviour; electricity policy; COVID-19 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: H31 L94 Q41 Q48 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 26 pages
Date: 2020-12
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