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Energy saving practices, barriers against and reasons for change among social housing tenants

Energy saving practices, barriers against and reasons for change among social housing tenants

Huebner, Gesche M., Cooper, Justine and Jones, Keith (2011) Energy saving practices, barriers against and reasons for change among social housing tenants. In: Proceedings of the research students conference on "Buildings don't use energy, people do?" - domestic energy use and CO2 emissions in existing dwellings, 28 June 2011 Bath. Bath: EDEn, University of Bath. Department of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath, Bath, UK.

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Abstract

The poster shows results of a survey on energy saving practices, perceived barriers to and motivation for change. This knowledge is essential in designing adequate behaviour-focused interventions to save energy. Social housing tenants constitute an important target group as they are more likely to suffer from fuel poverty, and have little control over stock condition. Tenants report engagement in energy-saving behaviours, and willingness to engage in energy-saving practices. Perceived barriers to change are mainly having an established habit of behaviour and a lack of knowledge. Money was not reported as a stronger motivator for saving energy than protecting the environment or securing a liveable planet for future generations. Replacing habits and providing more information on energy saving are thus important steps towards lower energy consumption. Analysis of stock condition and of actual consumption needs to show if reduction via behaviour change are possible.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Proceedings of the research students conference on "Buildings don't use energy, people do?" - domestic energy use and CO2 emissions in existing dwellings, 28 June 2011 Bath. Bath: EDEn, University of Bath.
Additional Information: [1] Poster presented at research students' conference entitled 'Buildings don't use energy, people do?', a one day event held at the University of Bath, on Tuesday 28 June 2011. [2] The poster was published in the printed proceedings and is also on the conference webpage (see official URL).
Uncontrolled Keywords: social housing tenants, behaviour practices, energy reduction, barriers to change
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
N Fine Arts > NA Architecture
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Architecture, Design & Construction
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Department of Property, Housing & Regeneration
School of Architecture, Design & Construction > Sustainable Environments Research Group
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:17
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/7061

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