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Sustainability 2018, 10(3), 737; https://doi.org/10.3390/su10030737

Socio-Cultural Impact of Energy Saving: Studying the Behaviour of Elementary School Students in Greece

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Department of Forestry and Management of the Environment and Natural Resources, Democritus University of Thrace, 193 Pantazidou Street, 68200 Orestiada, Greece
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Hellenic Agricultural Organization “DEMETER”, Forest Research Institute, Vasilika, 57006 Thessaloniki, Greece
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Received: 24 January 2018 / Revised: 12 February 2018 / Accepted: 3 March 2018 / Published: 7 March 2018
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Education makes it possible for students to become familiar with the rational management of energy as well as learn to implement energy saving practices in their everyday life. The study of certain student characteristics helps in the direction of applying strategies of behavioural change. The aim of this research is to record the knowledge and attitudes of elementary school students in the Prefecture of Evros with regard to energy saving. The collection of research data was done through the use of a structured and anonymous questionnaire with closed questions. The method used for the collection of the research data was cluster sampling. This involved 17 elementary schools of the continental part of the prefecture. 612 questionnaires were completed by students of the 5th and 6th grade of these schools. The evaluation of the research data showed that 69.6% of the students think that the most appropriate house temperature is 20°C with 79.1% of the students keeping the thermostat switched off while the house is aired. With regard to the use of TV, stereo, play station and PC the research showed that 93.8% of the students switch off the above devices when these are not in use. In parallel, 86.6% of the respondents usually or always switch off the lights when coming out of a room and 46.2% of the students use energy saving bulbs. Also, 93% of the students recycle because they believe that doing so contributes to the protection of the environment while 41% always chooses to walk to school. With regard to the significance of reasons concerning energy saving 85.9% thinks that energy saving is important to very important for reducing environmental pollution. View Full-Text
Keywords: irrational energy management; environmental education; energy education programs; active participation of students irrational energy management; environmental education; energy education programs; active participation of students
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Lefkeli, S.; Manolas, E.; Ioannou, K.; Tsantopoulos, G. Socio-Cultural Impact of Energy Saving: Studying the Behaviour of Elementary School Students in Greece. Sustainability 2018, 10, 737.

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