Intervention strategy to stimulate energy-saving behavior of local residents

Q. Han, I. Nieuwenhijsen, B. Vries, de, E.G.J. Blokhuis, W.F. Schaefer

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Abstract

This study investigates intervention strategy in stimulating energy-saving behavior to achieve energy neutral urban development. A tree structure overview of potential interventions classified into three categories is revealed. An integrated behaviour model is developed reflecting the relations between behaviour and influence factors. A latent class model is used to identify segments of local residents who differ regarding their preferences for interventions. Data are collected from a sample of residents in the Eindhoven region of the Netherlands in 2010. The results indicate that social-demographic characteristics, knowledge, motivation and context factors play important roles in energy-saving behaviour. Specifically, four segments of residents in the study area were identified that clearly differed in their preferences of interventions: cost driven residents, conscious residents, ease driven residents and environment minded residents. These findings emphasize that the intervention strategy should be focused on specific target groups to have the right mixture of interventions to achieve effective results on stimulating them to save energy. (C) 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)706-715
JournalEnergy Policy
Volume52
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013

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