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Household energy use regarded as energy orders: Practical implications for housing companies
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (Program Energisystem)ORCID iD: 0000-0002-5482-123X
2015 (English)In: First Fuel Now, Stockholm: European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE), 2015, 2185-2195 p.Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Building low energy housing is one way of reducing householdenergy use, particularly energy used for heating andwarm water. Household appliance use, on the other hand,is often left out even though it contributes to overall energyuse in households. Housing companies are therefore missingpart of the potential in reducing energy use simply becausethe energy used for appliances not accounted for. However,research on household energy use in general is abundant,and the subject has been studied from different aspects andstandpoints, for example, by regarding energy use as part ofeveryday practices. Another way of studying energy use in thehome is to view energy use as energy orders. The energy orderconcept is based on time-geographical concepts and includesthe concrete use of appliances and other material resourcesin the home as well as sequences of activities in their everydaycontext. With this approach, restrictions and possibilitiesfor doing things differently in everyday life become clearer,making it easier to analyse where the possibilities for changedbehaviour lie.Interviews were conducted with 14 households, a total of25 persons, to study how appliances and the design of lowenergy flats influence everyday activities. Results show thatevery household has unique energy orders, which means thathouseholds use resources in different ways depending on individualprojects, capacities and everyday context. This leadsto differences in energy use. On the other hand, the decisionsmade by housing companies have an impact on householdenergy behaviour, which means that households are able toinfluence energy use only to a certain degree. Housing companiesshould therefore communicate with their tenants inorder to learn more about how tenants experience the materialaspects of their flats and how they actually use both appliancesand the flats in general. By doing this, housing companieswould gain new knowledge and find opportunities toimprove functionality in ways that enable different energyorders.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: European Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ECEEE), 2015. 2185-2195 p.
Keyword [en]
passive houses, activities, appliances, household electricity, housing companies
National Category
Social Sciences Interdisciplinary
URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-123473ISBN: 978-91-980482-7-8ISBN: 978-91-980482-6-1OAI: diva2:885329
eceee 2015 Summer Study
Swedish Energy Agency
Available from: 2015-12-18 Created: 2015-12-18 Last updated: 2016-02-02Bibliographically approved

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