Energy Poverty Evaluation Using a Three-Dimensional and Territorial Indicator: A Case Study in Chile

Alexis Pérez-Fargallo, Matías Leyton-Vergara, Paulina Wegertseder, Raul Castano De la Rosa

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Abstract

Energy poverty (EP) is a problem that affects a large part of the world population, leaving those most vulnerable to suffer from unhealthy indoor conditions in their homes, being cold in winter months, struggling with their monetary situation, and even reducing social activities with relatives. In this context, it is important to assess EP situations and identify those factors that most affect each one. This paper, through the evaluation and adaptation of the Three-dimensional and Territorial Indicator of Energy Poverty (EPITT in Spanish), developed by the Energy Poverty Network in Chile (RedPE Chile), assesses the different EP situations in a social-housing case study located in south-central Chile. The results show different EP situations depending on the dimensions studied, e.g., 35% of households had food and hygiene issues, 27% had issues with lighting and electrical devices, 72% with climate control in the home, and 68% experienced equality in energy expenditure issues. It is possible to say that energy expenditure is the dimension that most influences the EP situation. Furthermore, the values in the different dimensions are below the national average, mainly because of the poor quality of housing, limitations in access to energy, and low income. In conclusion, the adaptation of EPTTI provides a better understanding of EP vulnerability at the local scale.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages28
JournalBuildings
Volume12
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 29 Jul 2022
Publication typeA1 Journal article-refereed

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