Occupant predictors of household energy behavior and consumption change as found in energy studies since 1975

  • Guerin D
  • Yust B
  • Coopet J
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Abstract

Reported research since 1975 on human behav ior and energy con sump tion was reviewed to iden -tify occu pant pre dic tors of house hold energy-con sump tion behav ior and energy-con sump tionchange. The results of this review were framed against a human eco sys tem the ory model. Occu -pant pre dic tors of reduced energy-con sump tion behav ior and energy-con sump tion change wereclas si fied as occu pant char ac ter is tics, occu pant atti tudes, and occu pant actions. Vari ables iden -ti fied in stud ies that most fre quently affected energy behav ior and energy con sump tion wereincome, age, edu ca tion, home own er ship, desire for com fort, major weatherization, and incen -tives. These find ings sup port the under ly ing prem ise of the human eco sys tem the ory: Vari ablesfrom the nat u ral, the social, and the designed envi ron ments and human organ ism vari ablesinter act to affect energy con sump tion.

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Authors

  • Denise A. Guerin

  • Becky L. Yust

  • Julie G. Coopet

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