chapter  II
Household Energy Consumption by the Poor in Developing Countries
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This chapter puts together available data in an attempt to draw a pic­

ture of existing patterns of energy consumption for both the rural and

urban poor, and to estimate how these patterns might be expected to change

as incomes rise,

A thoroughgoing analysis of the energy consumption of the poor would

need three kinds of information-the tasks which energy performs such as

cooking, heating, and lighting; the amount and type of each form of energy

used in performing each task; and the efficiency with which that task is

performed. Data currently available on energy consumption by the poor in

developing areas falls well short of the ideal in all three respects.