Households’ Willingness to Adopt Technological and Behavioral Energy Savings Measures: An Empirical Study in The Netherlands

Veronique Vasseur*, Anne-Francoise Marique

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    Abstract

    The aim of this paper is to investigate households’ willingness to adopt technological and behavioral energy savings measures, in their dwellings and for daily mobility. Based on the evidence that occupants’ behavior has a major impact on energy uses at home and on the road, this paper aims at investigating which determinants influence household preferences for energy-saving measures, both technical as well as behavioral ones, as well as highlighting the key determinants for adopting energy-savings measures, at the household scale. This paper will attempt to shed more light on the factors that may bridge the intention–behavior gap. The analysis is based on an empirical survey carried out in the Netherlands. Main results show that (1) behavioral energy saving measures are more acceptable than technical ones; (2) the adoption of energy savings measures at home is more likely than on the road; (3) there is a relatively small market for technical energy measures, especially through the initial investment and the low return on investment; (4) environmental aspects seem to be more important for relatively expensive technical energy measures; (5) the reason for taking technological energy measures is rather to be found in differences among socio-demographic background than in environmental concerns; and (6) comfort at home and on the road is an important explanatory variable that many respondents used to justify not implementing energy savings measures and should be investigated in further research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number4294
    Number of pages25
    JournalEnergies
    Volume12
    Issue number22
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Nov 2019

    Keywords

    • adoption of innovation
    • household's behavior
    • energy management
    • energy savings
    • building and daily mobility
    • STAGE MODEL
    • USER ACCEPTANCE
    • ZERO-ENERGY
    • SPACE
    • EFFICIENCY
    • ATTITUDES
    • REQUIREMENTS
    • DETERMINANTS
    • CONSERVATION
    • ENVIRONMENT

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