Energy and environmental appraisal of domestic laundering appliances

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    Abstract

    At a time when UK and Scottish governments are aiming for zero-carbon housing, there are two key issues for domestic laundering: passive indoor drying, affecting heating use and the indoor environment (addressed elsewhere); and energy and environmental impacts of appliances. Relevant findings are reported on the 2008–2011 study ‘Environmental Assessment of Domestic Laundering’, drawing on monitored data from 22 case studies out of 100 dwellings surveyed in Glasgow. Differing consumer traits and habits, combined with variable technical performance, provide quantitative and qualitative evidence of a wide estimated annual consumption range. Actual usage and energy consumption averaged less than UK predictions; and values did not necessarily correspond with manufacturers' energy ratings.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)679–699
    Number of pages21
    JournalBuilding Research and Information
    Volume40
    Issue number6
    Early online date2 Aug 2012
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2012

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    Keywords

    • housing
    • consumer habits
    • domestic laundering
    • energy consumption
    • inhabitant behaviour
    • indoor air quality

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