A new paper by Slavica Robić and Branko Ančić titled “Exploring health impacts of living in energy poverty: case study Sisak-Moslavina County, Croatia“ was published in the high impact international journal “Energy and buildings“.
The paper explores the problems of energy poverty, the inability to access or afford modern energy services and to use them in a socially and culturally acceptable level without adverse impacts on health, which is a growing concern. To investigate impacts of living in energy poverty, two sets of field visits and a phone survey have been undertaken (N=394) in Sisak- Moslavina County, Croatia. During the second round of field visits, all households were provided with simple energy efficiency measures. To test impact of those measures a phone survey (N=60) was undertaken. Respondents have noted improvement in their overall comfort (77%). Significant improvement in quality of life (87%) was attributed to measures implemented. The authors argue that energy efficiency should be the first step in tacking energy poverty as it improves living conditions while easing the burden of state and household budget.
The paper is available at the following link: http://idiprints.knjiznica.idi.hr/809/.