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Household firewood consumption in Sweden during the nineteenth century
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-3293-2318
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Economic History.
2010 (English)In: Journal of Northern Studies, ISSN 1654-5915, no 2, 55-78 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

Household firewood consumption underwent significant changes during the industrial breakthrough. Recent literature on Sweden makes thecase that greater energy efficiency drastically reduced rural household fuel consumption, while coal substituted for firewood in cities. This article shows that although coal substituted for wood in some urban areas, rural firewood consumption was not reduced. Higher standards of living indicate contrary to previous results that fuel consumption increased during the industrialisation process. The study shows that households with higher standard of living consumed more fuel and that rural households, due to lower fuel prices, consumed relatively more fuel than urban households. The result shows contrary to previous research that the total energy intensity decreased more rapidly after and no tbefore the industrial breakthrough.

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Umeå: Umeå University & The Royal Skyttean Society , 2010. no 2, 55-78 p.
Keyword [en]
energy, firewood, economic history, Sweden, biofuels, household consumption, energy intensity
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Economic History
Research subject
Economic History
URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-39640OAI: diva2:394584
Available from: 2011-02-03 Created: 2011-02-03 Last updated: 2015-03-05Bibliographically approved

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