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THESPI - Tools for Household Energy Saving Practices Innovation

CEESE Projet

Description :

It has long been argued that domestic energy consumption can be analysed through the rationale actor model that focus on financial incentives and information available to explain behaviours.

However, the existence of the efficiency paradox in energy consumption and the specificity of energy as a good prevent this model from explaining households’ energy-related behaviours.

We will therefore use an alternative conceptual framework that could be called the habitual-practices approach. This consists in emphasising both the automaticity/unconsciousness (habits) and the multi-dimensional nature (practices) of domestic energy consumption behaviours.

This research project will be taken over for the three subsequent phases of our proposed research.

  1. We will carry out a selection of the most potentially relevant instruments aimed at reducing domestic energy consumption (smart meters, online home energy check, alternative currencies, comparative feedbacks, etc.) as well as of the profiles of the households through a literature review and then through internal discussions.

  2. The second part of the research is dedicated to a small scale test of the instruments selected at the end of the previous task in order to have a first insight about relationships between profiles and instruments that worth being tested on a larger scale with the aim of potentially generalising in future strategies the identified successful combination of profiles and instruments.

  3. A large scale test will finally be carried out in order to statistically assert the findings of the previous small scale test and to provide some potential nuances compared to the results obtained in the previous task.

In the end, we should be able to validate that some relations occur significantly more often than others, and to develop operational guidelines and recommendations on how to implement and communicate about these instruments.

Partenaire :

  • Centre d’Etudes du Développement Durable de l'Institut pour la gestion de l'Environnement et l'Aménagement du Territoire (CEDD-IGEAT-ULB) de l'Université libre de Bruxelles

  • Centre d’Etudes Economiques et Sociales de l’Environnement (CEESE-ULB) - Université libre de Bruxelles

  • Research Group Marketing (RGM-KUL) van de Katholieke Universiteit Leuven

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