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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12(10), 13162-13178; doi:10.3390/ijerph121013162

Raising Public Awareness: The Role of the Household Sector in Mitigating Climate Change

Public Affairs Section, National University of Kaohsiung, Kaohsiung 811, Taiwan
Academic Editors: Michael E. Goodsite and Hans Sanderson
Received: 20 June 2015 / Revised: 5 October 2015 / Accepted: 15 October 2015 / Published: 20 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Global Climate Change and Contaminants)
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Abstract

In addition to greenhouse gas emissions from the industrial, transportation and commercial sectors, emissions from the household sector also contribute to global warming. By examining residents of Taiwan (N = 236), this study aims to reveal the factors that influence households’ intention to purchase energy-efficient appliances. The assessment in this study is based on the theory of planned behavior (TPB), and perceived benefit or cost (BOC) is introduced as an independent variable in the proposed efficiency action toward climate change (ECC) model. According to structural equation modeling, most of the indicators presented a good fit to the corresponding ECC model constructs. The analysis indicated that BOC is a good complementary variable to the TPB, as the ECC model explained 61.9% of the variation in intention to purchase energy-efficient appliances, which was higher than that explained by the TPB (58.4%). This result indicates that the ECC model is superior to the TPB. Thus, the strategy of promoting energy-efficient appliances in the household sector should emphasize global warming and include the concept of BOC. View Full-Text
Keywords: global warming; climate change; theory of planned behavior; household; mitigate global warming; climate change; theory of planned behavior; household; mitigate
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Lin, S.-P. Raising Public Awareness: The Role of the Household Sector in Mitigating Climate Change. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2015, 12, 13162-13178.

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