Strategies for promoting sustainable behavior regarding electricity consumption in student residential buildings in the city of Linköping
Independent thesis Advanced level (degree of Master (Two Years)), 20 credits / 30 HE creditsStudent thesis
Achieving sustainable consumption of energy is an important issue due to the increasing demand for energy and its environmental impact. One of the biggest consumers of the global energy production is the residential sector. Factors determining pattern of energy consumption in this sector are firstly, characteristics of the buildings and equipment and appliances which are used inside them and secondly, people who are using the buildings. The former could be approached by using efficiency strategies; i.e. designing and using materials and utilities which are low energy demanding or reducing consumption of energy. The latter could be reached by adoption of demand side management strategies which could improve pattern of energy consumption by the end users. Combining these strategies bring out energy-smart buildings with energy-smart people as the users. This project aims at introducing potential approaches to strategies of promoting sustainable behavior regarding energy consumption in individuals, with the focus on the students of Linköping University living in the properties of housing company of the city, Studentbostäder.
For fulfilling this purpose, literature review has been done for finding influencing factors on and strategies for shaping of pro-environmental behavior. In the next step, two projects with focus on demand side management for changing energy consumption of individuals have been studied. Afterward, a questionnaire based on the results of the literature review was prepared and used to gain an understanding of first: attitude, values, knowledge, and awareness of students of Linköping University regarding environmental issues, and second: point of view of the students toward the strategies for shaping pro-environmental behavior.
Results of the above mentioned methods were used for identifying characteristics of a demand side management project based on provision of feedback on energy consumption for the users. It has been proposed that designing and implementing such project has the potential of affecting pattern of energy consumption by people and lead to its reduction, especially among students accommodating at housing company of city of Linköping, Studentbostäder. More studies are needed for finding feasibility of implementing such project.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2011. , 71 p.
Energy Systems, Energy Efficiency Strategies, Electricity Consumption, Sustainable Energy Consumption Pattern, Proenvironmental Behavior, Ecofeedback, Residential Sector Electricity, Students Electricity Usage
Environmental Management Energy Systems
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-73567ISRN: LIU-IEI-TEK-A--11/01212—SEOAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-73567DiVA: diva2:474598
Subject / course
Environmental Technology and Management
2011-10-14, 3C:817, Linköping, 15:00 (English)
Sakao, Tomohiko, Professor
Lindahl, Mattias, Universitetslektor