New paths of understanding electricity use behaviour in energy-efficient buildings

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Background and objectives
Energy use behaviour is a complex issue and multiple perspectives are needed to fully understand it. It is difficult to define the most effective strategies or behaviours that reduce energy use in residential environment (Casado et al., 2015) despite efforts put on energy-efficient design and technologies. This study focuses on cognitive processes on electricity use behaviour in energy-efficient multifamily buildings. The aims are (1) to validate a new instrument using Self-determination theory (SDT; Ryan & Deci, 1985) and (2) to explore the psychological factors for electricity saving behaviour.

An instrument comprising of 18 items of motivation of electricity saving behaviour along with four questions regarding electricity use behaviour were distributed via post to individuals (N=887) living in energy-efficient buildings in southern Sweden. The buildings were built between the years 2016 – 2020 in accordance with the energy performance building regulations in Sweden.

Main result
The result will give a deeper understanding of motivational factors related to electricity use behaviour in energy-efficient buildings. The individuals’ reasons and rationales in engaging electricity saving behaviour will be examined in relation to their sense of self-determination. It is expected that autonomous motivation will contribute to electricity saving behaviour to a greater extent than controlled motivation.

This study will contribute to the theoretical knowledge of energy use behaviour while exploring the role of autonomous and controlled motivation in electricity saving behaviour. Understanding cognitive processes of electricity saving behaviour will contribute to defining new strategies and designing new technologies to reduce excessive electricity use. This study extends previous research on energy-saving behaviour by employing SDT to explore motivational factors in an energy-efficient multifamily buildings setting.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - 2022 Jul 6
Event27th IAPS Conference: Global challenges, local impacts : - Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 2022 Jul 52022 Jul 8


Conference27th IAPS Conference
Abbreviated title rethinking governance, sustainability and consumption in light of climate change

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Energy Systems

Free keywords

  • Energy use
  • Self-determination theory
  • motivation
  • Energy efficient buildings


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