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Domestic thermal upgrades, community action and energy saving: a three-year experimental study of prosperous households

Domestic thermal upgrades, community action and energy saving: a three-year experimental study of prosperous households
Domestic thermal upgrades, community action and energy saving: a three-year experimental study of prosperous households
A three-year field experiment was conducted with 185 prosperous households to assess whether behavioural interventions by a community environmental group during and after thermal upgrades (cavity wall and/or loft insulation) can achieve reductions in households’ energy use, including reductions in direct and indirect rebound. The engineering interventions on the thermal efficiency of dwellings appear effective in reducing energy use in both treatment and control groups: a direct rebound effect is estimated of at most 40 per cent from the engineering interventions. However, across a range of measures of energy use, we observe no significant effect of the community behavioural intervention across the total lifetime of the project. Qualitative data collected on similar groups suggests constraints on their capacity to realise reductions in energy use amongst households.
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475-485
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Bardsley, Nicholas, Buchs, Milena, James, Patrick, Papafragkou, Anastasios, Rushby, Thomas, Saunders, C., Smith, Graham, Wallbridge, Rebecca E and Woodman, Nicholas (2019) Domestic thermal upgrades, community action and energy saving: a three-year experimental study of prosperous households. Energy Policy, 127, 475-485. (doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2018.11.036).

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A three-year field experiment was conducted with 185 prosperous households to assess whether behavioural interventions by a community environmental group during and after thermal upgrades (cavity wall and/or loft insulation) can achieve reductions in households’ energy use, including reductions in direct and indirect rebound. The engineering interventions on the thermal efficiency of dwellings appear effective in reducing energy use in both treatment and control groups: a direct rebound effect is estimated of at most 40 per cent from the engineering interventions. However, across a range of measures of energy use, we observe no significant effect of the community behavioural intervention across the total lifetime of the project. Qualitative data collected on similar groups suggests constraints on their capacity to realise reductions in energy use amongst households.

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Accepted/In Press date: 16 November 2018
e-pub ahead of print date: 7 January 2019
Published date: April 2019

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Local EPrints ID: 426965
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/426965
ISSN: 0301-4215
PURE UUID: 9401bbb5-19b4-4666-ac77-bf1d8fa2fb80
ORCID for Thomas Rushby: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-3686-5140
ORCID for Nicholas Woodman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5571-0451

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Date deposited: 21 Jan 2019 17:30
Last modified: 02 Apr 2019 00:43

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Author: Nicholas Bardsley
Author: Milena Buchs
Author: Patrick James
Author: Thomas Rushby ORCID iD
Author: C. Saunders
Author: Graham Smith
Author: Rebecca E Wallbridge

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