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Barriers towards reducing domestic energy consumption - findings of a study among social housing tenants

Barriers towards reducing domestic energy consumption - findings of a study among social housing tenants

Huebner, Gesche, Cooper, Justine, Moon, Amy ORCID: 0000-0001-5795-3206, Maras, Pamela and Jones, Keith (2014) Barriers towards reducing domestic energy consumption - findings of a study among social housing tenants. International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 13 (4). pp. 425-448. ISSN 1474-6778 (Print), 1478-7466 (Online) (doi:10.1504/IJESD.2014.065011)

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Abstract

The aim of this study was to take a broad approach to understanding domestic energy consumption and identify difficulties in energy reduction. The study focused on a variety of factors, including barriers and motivators for behaviour change, comfort and comfort actions and knowledge about the heating system. Data collection was carried out with 55 social housing tenants in England using interviews and questionnaires. Data showed that tenants were to a large degree already engaged in energy-saving actions. 'Warmth' was the most important aspect of comfort for the majority of tenants but about half of both comfort actions and actions against cold were not energy-intensive. 'Habit' was identified as the most important barrier to behaviour change whilst 'money' was seen as the greatest motivator. A deficit regarding quality and quantity of instructions on the usage of the heating system emerged. The results imply that social housing landlords have the responsibility to provide better instructions on the most efficient home operation. They could play a large role in changing tenants' habits, for example when implementing physical changes to the dwelling.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: [1] Published in: International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, 2014, Vol. 13, No. 4. Special Issue on Sustainability Approaches in Waste and Resources Management. Guest Editors: Assoc. Professor Helder Gomes Costa, Assoc. Professor Luis Perez Zotes and Assoc. Professor Ruben Huamanchumo Gutierrez.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Barriers; Domestic energy consumption; Social housing; Tenants; Energy consumption; Behavioural change; Social housing tenants; Comfort; Habit; Heating systems; Energy reduction; Domestic energy; Motivation; England; Energy saving; Landlord responsibilities; Efficient home operations; Energy efficiency
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities > Department of Built Environment
Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
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Last Modified: 04 Dec 2017 10:22
Selected for GREAT 2016: GREAT b
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/9069

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