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Energies 2017, 10(9), 1332; doi:10.3390/en10091332

Exploring Everyday Energy Usage Practices in Australian Households: A Qualitative Analysis

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CSIRO Land & Water, Black Mountain Science and Innovation Park, Clunies Ross Street, Black Mountain, Canberra, ACT 2601, Australia
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CSIRO Land & Water, EcoSciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road, Dutton Park, Brisbane, QLD 4102, Australia
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Concentric.Energy, P.O. Box 767, Paddington, QLD 4064, Australia
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Academic Editor: Vincenzo Dovì
Received: 7 July 2017 / Revised: 26 August 2017 / Accepted: 30 August 2017 / Published: 4 September 2017
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Abstract

In recent years, energy conservation research has identified a number of household actions that have the potential to drive significant reductions in carbon emissions in the near-term, without requiring substantial changes to householders’ lifestyles or imposing significant financial costs. In this qualitative study, we investigate the potential of some of these actions for behavioral modification by asking householders to reveal the reasons why they perform (or fail to perform) such actions. As part of a telephone survey, a sample of customers (n = 1541) from an Australian energy retailer were asked about their reasons for engaging in specific energy usage practices in one of five household domains: laundry, kitchen, bathroom, space heating/cooling or general appliance usage. Qualitative analyses of participants’ open-ended responses revealed that practices in the laundry and kitchen appear to hold the greatest promise for behavioral change, whereas practices in the shower may be more challenging to modify. Integrating our findings with current psychological and sociological knowledge, we present a range of possibilities for future behavior change interventions at the practice-level. View Full-Text
Keywords: household energy practices; electricity consumption; practice theory; behavior change household energy practices; electricity consumption; practice theory; behavior change
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Hobman, E.V.; Stenner, K.; Frederiks, E.R. Exploring Everyday Energy Usage Practices in Australian Households: A Qualitative Analysis. Energies 2017, 10, 1332.

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