Estimating Residential Appliance Lifetime for Energy Efficient Policy Analysis

Publication Type

Conference Paper

Date Published

08/2018

Abstract

Accurate knowledge of appliance lifetimes helps policy makers set effective energy efficiency policy. The cost-effectiveness of an appliance efficiency measure depends on the length of time consumers will use an appliance. National shipments projections depend on the rate of replacement in the installed appliance stock. Furthermore, early retirement programs need an accurate understanding of the remaining useful life in order to calculate lifetime savings and cost-effectiveness of a program.

This paper uses a method for calculating lifetime of appliances based on the most recent data available on appliance shipments, total appliance stock, and the fraction of surviving appliances by age bins. An example of the calculation methodology is provided for residential gas boilers. This paper concludes by comparing the results to other available data on gas boiler lifetime.

Conference Name

2018 ACEEE Summer Study on Building Energy Efficiency

Year of Publication

2018

Conference Location

Pacific Grove, CA
Research Areas