Environmental Economics

Resource Use and Residuals Generation in Households

This report describes, for households, resource use (energy and water only), the generation of liquid, sold, and gaseous residuals, potential conservation measures, and the direct costs, to the household, associated with these measures. It focuses on nine major household functions and associated activities and their relative importance for resource use and residuals generation. In considering conservation measures, attention is focused on new structures and factor prices are assumed fixed. The household activities are organized by function, and the use and the residuals generation are identified. The relevant literature is critically reviewed to provide a basis for estimating use and generation rates and for assessing the influence, where possible, of the factors on these rates. Conservation measures and estimates of their performance and cost are presented. Resource use and residuals generation rates and conservation measures are brought together in the context of the factors which influence them, by utilizing two baselines or benchmarks developed for single family residences. Conservation measures are imposed on the baselines, direct costs to the households are calculated and the relative attractiveness of the measures in determined.

  • Keywords

    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis
    2. Cost-Benefit and Cost Effectiveness Analysis - Specific Sectors and Pollutants
    Environmental Media:
    f. Multimedia
    Kuhner, J.
    Luecke, D. F.
    Shapiro, M.
    EPA Project Officer/ Manager:
    Ehler, Charles N.
    Geographic Area:
    United States
    Study Purpose:
    Data Development, Policy Evaluation
    Inventory Record #: EE-0449
  • Participating Organizations

    Research Organization:

    Meta Systems, Inc.Address:
    City: Cambridge State: MA ZIP: 02138
    Phone: Fax:
    Funding Organization:
    Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Research and Development, Land Use and Comprehensive Planning StaffAddress:
    City: State: ZIP:
    Phone: Fax:
  • Report Details
    Number of Pages:
    EPA #:
    Grant/Contract #:
    68-01-2622, Modification No. 3
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    Date Linked: 08/29/2017