Micro-generation schemes: user behaviours and attitudes towards energy consumption

Alex W. Stedmon, R. Winslow, A. Langley

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    Abstract

    In the last decade, there has been increasing pressure on developed nations to reduce their carbon emissions. Distributed micro-generation (MG) initiatives provide incentives for small-scale renewable energy generation, particularly by residential home-owners. This paper investigates the existing knowledge base to consider if living in a property with on-site renewable electricity generation may affect user attitudes and behaviours. This knowledge is interpreted from a human factors perspective by focussing on individual behaviour and social learning as well as identifying underlying user requirements and user needs. Suggestions are then made with regard to the effects that MG schemes may have on public attitudes and where further research efforts should be focused. There is evidence that renewable energy initiatives are likely to result in a shift in public behaviour, particularly towards reduced energy consumption where mechanisms for increased feedback can act as a facilitator to learning and motivator to change.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)44-450
    JournalErgonomics
    Volume56
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2013

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    Human engineering
    energy consumption
    Renewable Energy
    Energy utilization
    Electricity
    renewable energy
    Feedback
    Carbon
    Cohort Effect
    Knowledge Bases
    homeowner
    social learning
    Developed Countries
    electricity
    Motivation
    incentive
    Learning
    Pressure
    Research
    knowledge

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    Keywords

    • user attitudes
    • user behaviour
    • energy consumption
    • micro-generation

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    Micro-generation schemes: user behaviours and attitudes towards energy consumption. / Stedmon, Alex W.; Winslow, R.; Langley, A.

    In: Ergonomics, Vol. 56, No. 3, 2013, p. 44-450.

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    Stedmon, Alex W. ; Winslow, R. ; Langley, A. / Micro-generation schemes: user behaviours and attitudes towards energy consumption. In: Ergonomics. 2013 ; Vol. 56, No. 3. pp. 44-450.
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