Energy and Behaviour at home: A review of intervention methods and practices

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Abstract

The transition of householders towards optimal energy use in the residential sector has proved to be challenging,
with human energy-use behaviour been identified as one of the factors behind the setback. Social interventions
geared towards engaging and making energy end users aware of their energy consumption and its footprint on
the environment have been conducted in the past. Forty-six papers on the outcome of these social intervention
were reviewed and categorized in this article based on the major strategies applied in anticipation of behaviour
change.
This paper shares information on the techniques used for the interventions, to what degree each intervention
was successful or not and why it was adjudged successful or otherwise. It further explores some of the problems
associated with the interventions and their reporting, followed by suggestions on how study practices can be
improved. The techniques discussed include the use energy labels, energy performance certificates, energy auditing, prompts, norm appeals, commitments, economic incentives and disincentives, feedbacks, communitybased initiatives, benchmarking, goal setting and gamification. Feedbacks, gamification, goal setting and community-based initiatives proved to be the most effective as they all recorded average energy savings of above
20%. Interventions practices can be performed individually, though a combination of complementary intervention tools have been observed to be effective.
Original languageEnglish
Article number101238
JournalEnergy Research & Social Science
Volume57
Early online date3 Aug 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2019

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Keywords

  • Behaviour transition
  • Energy use
  • Residential sector
  • Social intervention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Nuclear Energy and Engineering
  • Fuel Technology
  • Energy Engineering and Power Technology
  • Social Sciences (miscellaneous)

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