Wastage amidst shortage: Strategies for the mitigation of standby electricity in residential sector in Nigeria

Obafemi O. Olatunji, Stephen A. Akinlabi, N. Madushele, Paul A. Adedeji, Felix Ishola, Olayinka O. Ayo

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Due to rising population and the increasing rate of urbanization, residential electricity usage accounts for a large chunk of Nigeria's electricity consumption. However, little attention is paid to electricity conservation in the country. In response to this, several studies are been tailored to ensure a rapid reduction in energy consumption through various alternatives including energy efficient technologies given the current state of inadequate electricity supply in the country. On this note, this article discusses the significance of standby electricity in Nigeria. The electricity generation and consumption patterns were briefly discussed while the current electricity saving behaviour and practices among the urban dwellers were detailed with a case study analysed. Based on the case study, it was discovered that the mean standby load across the 30 households were estimated at 60 W ranging from 34-144 W. Also, standby consumption accounts for 13-44% of the annual electricity consumption across the households. Finally, the strategies for electricity saving and sustainable consumption, most especially the mitigation of standby electricity were highlighted.

Original languageEnglish
Article number042062
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 18 Dec 2019
Event3rd International Conference on Engineering for Sustainable World, ICESW 2019 - Ota, Nigeria
Duration: 3 Jul 20198 Jul 2019


  • Policy options
  • residential buildings
  • standby electricity
  • sustainable consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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