Factors affecting energy use now and in the future
- Economic factors -e.g. affluence and the ability to buy energy-using appliances
- Level and type of industry- energy used by industry adds to total energy use and per capita use. Heavy industries use a lot of energy.
- Climate- a cold climate increases energy use for heating e.g. Canada, a hot climate increases energy use for air conditioning e.g. Australia.
- Social/ environmental awareness- some countries have a high level of awareness of the need to conserve energy and the benefits of doing so e.g. Germany, Sweden, Denmark. Other countries have a lower awareness, often caused by local availability and affluence e.g. USA, UK.
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