The Energy Cost of Coziness

The Energy Cost of Coziness

Jonathan B.
Oct 26, 2007

What we do at home matters. Anthropologist Harold Wilhite wrote this back in 2005:

In Norway, energy for interior lighting is related to a cultural aesthetic which associates pools of light and shadow with a cosy ambience, contributing to the highest per capita energy use for lighting in the world.
It might not seem that an idea like coziness would have an effect on national energy use, but when you think about things at the scale of an entire country—even a small one like Norway—things start to shift.

Check out the academic article (you'll likely need to be in a library for the link to function.) It's only two pages, but a good one.
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