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Environmental knowledge, pro-environmental behaviour and energy savings in households: An empirical study

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Title: Environmental knowledge, pro-environmental behaviour and energy savings in households: An empirical study
Authors: Pothitou, M
Hanna, R
Chalvatzis, K
Item Type: Journal Article
Abstract: In this paper we evaluate the impact of knowledge about environmental and energy issues on potential pro-environmental behaviour in households, specifically relating to behaviours, attitudes and habits towards energy use. Our results are based on an empirical survey and we find significant correlations which indicate that residents with positive environmental values and greater environmental knowledge are more likely to demonstrate energy behaviours, attitudes and habits which lead to energy saving activities in households. This is further supported through a Principal Component Analysis (PCA), which suggests that energy saving behaviour may also vary according to gender and employment status. Conversely, we find only limited evidence of statistical associations between environmental predisposition and knowledge, and ownership and frequency of use of household appliances. We argue that our results contribute to the significant body of literature supporting the role of knowledge in active engagement with energy issues. This study is timely following closely policy developments in active consumer engagement by the European Commission.
Issue Date: 22-Jun-2016
Date of Acceptance: 10-Jun-2016
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10044/1/34413
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.apenergy.2016.06.017
ISSN: 0306-2619
Publisher: Elsevier
Start Page: 1217
End Page: 1229
Journal / Book Title: Applied Energy
Volume: 184
Copyright Statement: © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/
Keywords: Science & Technology
Technology
Energy & Fuels
Engineering, Chemical
Engineering
Pro-environmental behaviour
Energy behaviour
Attitudes
Habits
Environmental predisposition
Environmental knowledge
ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION
UNIVERSITY-STUDENTS
CONSUMER-BEHAVIOR
UK HOUSEHOLDS
INFORMATION
CONSERVATION
BUILDINGS
ATTITUDES
FEEDBACK
DETERMINANTS
09 Engineering
14 Economics
Energy
Publication Status: Published
Appears in Collections:Centre for Environmental Policy
Faculty of Natural Sciences



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