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Do habitual energy saving behaviors of household heads impact energy consumption in their own dwelling? An exploration in the French residential sector

Charlier, Dorothée and Martinez Cruz, Adan (2020). Do habitual energy saving behaviors of household heads impact energy consumption in their own dwelling? An exploration in the French residential sector. (S) > Dept. of Forest Economics, Sveriges lantbruksuniversitet. CERE Working Paper ; 2020:5
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This paper investigates whether habitual energy saving behaviors of a household head impact actual energy consumption in his/her own dwelling. In doing so, this paper compares actual energy consumption across French households that, with exception of household heads’ energy saving behaviors, are similar in observables –including household composition and dwellings’ energy efficiency. Comparisons are carried out within three subsets of households, based on renovation status of dwellings –i) no renovation; ii) with renovations tackling health- and/or energy-related issues; and iii) with renovations aiming to increase thermal comfort. No differences in actual energy consumption are documented across the three subsamples. We interpret this result as suggesting that habitual energy saving behaviors of household heads may not compensate energy intensive behaviors of other household members and, consequently, may produce no discernible impact on their own dwelling’s energy consumption. This result highlights the potential for misleading conclusions when imputing the energy saving behaviors of the household head to the entire household –a conventional practice in a number of literatures. The French residential sector is taken as study case due to the uniqueness and richness of data collected by PHEBUS –the Performances of Housing, Energy Equipment, Needs and Uses of Energy Survey.

Authors/Creators:Charlier, Dorothée and Martinez Cruz, Adan
Title:Do habitual energy saving behaviors of household heads impact energy consumption in their own dwelling? An exploration in the French residential sector
Year of publishing :2020
Number:2020:5
Number of Pages:38
Publisher:Department of Economics, Umeå University
Language:English
Publication Type:Report
Article category:Other scientific
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 502 Economics and Business > Economics
Keywords:habitual energy saving behaviors, household head’s preferences, energy performance gap, French residential sector, propensity score matching
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105868
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http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-105868
ID Code:17139
Faculty:S - Faculty of Forest Sciences
Department:(S) > Dept. of Forest Economics
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Deposited On:09 Jun 2020 06:47
Metadata Last Modified:09 Jun 2020 06:47

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