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Energy Efficiency in Households: Policy, Implementation and Everyday Activities
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Linköping University, Department of Culture and Communication. (TEVS)ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7694-7397
2011 (English)Book (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Policy to promote energy efficiency in the household sector must relate to and rely on individuals’ daily choices and household routines—what they do in their everyday lives. Hence, individuals’ values and knowledge of how their everyday activities influence energy use are important to the development of an efficient and ecologically sustainable energy system. People’s understanding of their responsibilities and their willingness to shoulder them are seen as key factors in creating a sustainable society.

In this book, energy consumption in the household sector is examined. Barriers to and enablers of energy efficiency in households in relation to governmental policy formulation, the implementation and appropriation of technology is discussed. This represents a shift away from the conventional focus on energy supply toward a focus on energy use in everyday life. This shift is urgently needed, however, since households, policy makers, housing companies, and researchers need deeper knowledge of how energy facilitates necessary functions in people’s daily lives. We must develop new paths to smart and climate-friendly energy use that continue to facilitate those lives. This book discusses the existing opportunities to improve energy efficiency, by starting to implement existing knowledge as well as energy efficient technology and solutions.

The book deals with the problems encountered in disseminating general information and household requests for more “custom-tailored” information. Another emphasis is on the implementation of energy efficiency goals and for example why cost-effective energy efficiency solutions are not incorporated in the building process or in people’s homes.

To understand how and why changes occur in everyday life and how policy means can enhance energy efficiency is urgent. As shown in this book many measures could quite easily be implemented to improve energy efficiency at home, but due to embedded hindrance in our everyday activities these are not incorporated. But in the book we also learn from people actually changing their behavior and become more energy efficient, without doing remarkable changes in lifestyle.


Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
New York: Nova Science Publishers , 2011. , 111 p.
, Energy science, engineering and technology and Energy policies, politics and prices
Keyword [en]
energy, energy efficiency, household, implementation, policy, everyday, activities, passive houses, home-owners, solar panel, PV, tenant, tenant-owner, HSB, energy guidance, information
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Other Social Sciences not elsewhere specified
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-70132ISBN: 978-1-61324-147-9OAI: diva2:435746
Energibeteende i hushåll - en arena för förändring
Available from: 2011-08-19 Created: 2011-08-19 Last updated: 2014-10-08Bibliographically approved

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