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Empirical Study on Households’ Energy-Conservation Behavior of Jiangsu Province in China: The Role of Policies and Behavior Results

School of Management, China University of Mining and Technology, Xuzhou 221116, China
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Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16(6), 939; https://doi.org/10.3390/ijerph16060939
Received: 17 January 2019 / Revised: 2 March 2019 / Accepted: 14 March 2019 / Published: 15 March 2019
(This article belongs to the Section Environmental Science and Engineering)
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Abstract

With the improvement of living quality and the increase of energy consumption of residents, their energy conservation behavior (ECB) plays an increasingly important role in energy conservation and emission reduction. As a kind of environmental behavior, ECB of residents is a complicated process. In this paper, ECB is divided into four types, considering habit adjustment, quality threshold, efficiency investment, and interpersonal facilitation. A comprehensive conceptual framework is built, adding perception about energy conservation results (PER) and contextual factors from a new perspective. Based on a survey in Jiangsu province of China, this paper examines the impact of intention on behavior under the moderation of contextual factors, as well as the effect of perception of energy-conservation results on intention and ECB by means of multivariate statistical analysis. The results show that the intention of energy conservation is the determinant of behavior, but it does not well transform into behavior, especially into quality threshold and interpersonal facilitation behavior. Different contextual factors have positive effects on the relationship of intention and different behavior. However, modulating effects of contextual factors as amplifiers do not function effectively due to their low rating scores. PER has a positive impact on intention but not on all types of ECB. Finally, this paper presents important implications for policy makers to optimize energy conservation policy. View Full-Text
Keywords: household; energy-conservation behavior; behavior results; contextual factors household; energy-conservation behavior; behavior results; contextual factors
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Yue, T.; Long, R.; Liu, J.; Liu, H.; Chen, H. Empirical Study on Households’ Energy-Conservation Behavior of Jiangsu Province in China: The Role of Policies and Behavior Results. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2019, 16, 939.

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