The Role of Cleanliness and Heating and Thermal Comfort in Domestic Energy Use Culture Formation

Authors: Gbemisola Banjoko*, University of Central Lancashire, John Whitton, University of Central Lancashire
Topics: Energy, Environment
Keywords: Cleanliness, Heating and thermal comfort, energy culture
Session Type: Paper
Day: 4/10/2018
Start / End Time: 2:40 PM / 4:20 PM
Room: Bacchus, Marriott, River Tower Elevators, 4th Floor
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Energy use in buildings is one of the largest contributor to local and global energy demand. Domestic energy consumption accounts for about 29% of total energy consumed in the UK. Energy demand from residential buildings in the UK is responsible for approximately 25% of total CO2 emissions. There is therefore a need for the government and academic researchers to encourage a non-resource intensive domestic energy use culture. This research was conducted to determine whether different energy cultures will emerge within the research population, so as to understand people’s needs and make provision for their needs in developing future interventions. However, there are current interventions in place to encourage people to reduce their energy use, but, this research found that participants still consume significant amount of energy due to their energy use culture of cleanliness and heating and thermal comfort. This signifies that these current interventions have not been very effective. Therefore, rather than only focusing on environmental problems, as the need to conserve energy, interventions should also incorporate meeting the needs and services of people and at the same time conserving energy. A convergent parallel mixed methods approach was used to collect data from three social groups living in the North West of England – a group of individuals from a local church, Age UK group, and a group of students. Quantitative behavioural data is analysed using SPSS, qualitative attitude data is analysed using NVivo.

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