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Stated energy behaviour in Swedish public housing– a questionnaire study
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Technology, Everyday life and Society)
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences.
2012 (English)Conference paper, Presentation (Other academic)
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This paper is based on results from an ongoing research project targeting energy behaviour in Swedish public housing. The aim is to map stated energy behaviour in the 18,600 flats owned by the housing company Stångåstaden in Linköping, Sweden.

Our starting points are that households play a crucial role when it comes to energy efficiency. Energy is mostly used indirectly and is invisible. Many of our daily activities in our household involve the use of energy, referring to routines that we have in our everyday life. People warm or cool their apartments, turn the light on, cook, do laundry or use other appliances – this requires energy. The energy consumption varies greatly between people and households, however for all it is important to have a home that is comfortable to live in. The energy saving potential lies around 15 to 30% regarding behaviour change among residents in apartment buildings as well as in the operation and maintenance of buildings. Stångåstaden recently launched an energy efficiency goal of 25 % by 2025. Earlier, the Swedish Parliament set a goal of 20 % by 2020 for residential and commercial buildings.

The Stångåstaden residential buildings constitute the case study of this research and have been explored using a paper questionnaire. The questionnaire was mailed to 1200 households in December 2011. The response rate was around 50 %. The focus of the analysis lies at the everyday energy-related behaviour and practices in the households to establish different behaviours in relation to different background variables. Practices that are included are the specific heating, lighting, use of appliances for cooking, washing and entertainment. Conclusions are that there is an energy efficiency potential corresponding to the goals of Stångåstaden, but this is embedded in practices that are more or less difficult to change.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-81756OAI: diva2:555906
BEhave - Energy Efficiency & Behaviour, 19-21 September 2012, Helsinki, Finland
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Available from: 2012-09-21 Created: 2012-09-21 Last updated: 2012-09-28

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