Aydın F. F.

7th International Conference on Business and Economics Studies, Erzurum, Turkey, 4 - 05 September 2021, pp.86-95

  • Publication Type: Conference Paper / Full Text
  • City: Erzurum
  • Country: Turkey
  • Page Numbers: pp.86-95
  • Van Yüzüncü Yıl University Affiliated: Yes


Covid-19, which first appeared in Wuhan, China's Hubei province in December 2019, spread all over the world in a short time, so it was accepted as a pandemic and various restrictions and regulations were made in order to prevent it. Since March 2020, the first cases began to be seen in Turkey and curfew restrictions were introduced without delay. As a result of the curfew restrictions, the time spent at home has increased, and consequently, the energy consumption in the houses has increased. In this study, the effect of the increase in the number of covid-19 cases on electrical energy consumption in Turkey was discussed. For this purpose, firstly descriptive statistics of variables were included in the study, and then unit root tests were applied to understand whether the data were stationary or not. The Autoregressive Distributed Lag (ARDL) model was used to determine the short and long-term relationships between electrical energy consumption and the number of covid-19 cases. As a result of the analysis, a statistically significant relationship was not found between the number of Covid-19 cases and electrical energy consumption in the short term, while a statistically significant positive relationship was found between the exchange rate and electrical energy consumption. In the long run, it is concluded that both variables have a direct relationship with electrical energy consumption. Although it has been determined in most of the studies in the literature that the increase in energy consumption leads to economic growth since it is known that the energy factor is limited in nature, the society should be made conscious of using energy efficiently in order to meet the increasing energy need, and alternative use of renewable energy sources should be pursued.