It depends where the community is, what the residents eat, and where they work. If they residents do not commute to work, eat local-grown food, and live in a clime where heating/cooling costs are not enormous, then they probably use less energy than most urban communities. However, city living can save energy in some key ways. Living in a compact city can enable each household to use less energy and water because of neighborhood facilities like laundromats. Urban energy-efficiency also comes from a reduced need to travel because residential areas, employment, and services are located close together. Public transportation is also usually more viable. Tightly packed, smaller residential dwellings offer the opportunity to reduce energy use for heating and cooling. Smaller, compact development can require less energy to construct and to maintain buildings, road, water and sewage infrastructure.
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