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Uses of Electricity

uses tableTable:
Use of Electricity for Cooking
The dominant use of electricity in rural households is lighting. All households use it for this purpose, and many use little electricity for anything else. The next most common use is TV. Lighting and TV account for at least 80 percent of rural electricity consumption and thus the bulk of the benefits delivered by electrification. Electricity is rarely used for cooking in rural areas, though East Asia is something of an exception with the use of rice cookers. Fans and irons are also used for a minority of consumption. This is a selection of data from the report. For additional data, please download the chapter document.

 

Electrification of Rural Health Clinics and the Cold Chain by Country

 

Ghana

 Egypt

Kenya

 ElectricityNo ElectricityElectricityNo ElectricityElectricityNo Electricity
Electricity

72.8

27.2

98.6

1.4

77.5

22.5

Refrigerator

64.2

40.7***

51.3

0.0***

71.9

67.3

Ice

2.6

6.2*

0.6

0.0

0.6

0.0

No Storage

21.9

37.2***

11.6

0.0***

3.3

7.1***

Immunization 

88.7

84.1

63.4

0.0***

75.7

74.5


Electrified (%)Not Electrified (%)
Bangladesh (2000) 
 Cold chain equipment available and operational

55.9

10.0***

Nicaragua (2001) 
 Electric refrigerator

65.5

10.2***

 Solar refrigerator

15.2

20.7*

 Any refrigerator

80.7

31.0***

 Cold box

29.2

14.1*

 Termo

92.6

65.9***

Rwanda (2001)  
 Refrigerator

80.8

96.6

 Immunization

80.8

98.8***

Source: DHS data except Nicaragua, from Measure Evaluation Health Facility Survey.
*Significant difference at 10 percent.
**Significant difference at 5 percent.
***Significant difference at 1 percent.

 

Electrification and Consumer Goods Ownership in Rural Areas

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Rural Electrification and Access to Piped Water

piped water chart

Source: DHS data




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