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Informing a social practice theory framework with social-psychological factors for analyzing routinized energy consumption: A multivariate analysis of three practices

Hess, Ann-Kathrin and Samuel, Robin and Burger, Paul. (2018) Informing a social practice theory framework with social-psychological factors for analyzing routinized energy consumption: A multivariate analysis of three practices. Energy Research & Social Science, 46. pp. 183-193.

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Abstract

A key factor contributing to the non-realization of energy efficiency potentials is the routinized way in which many energy consumption behaviors (ECBs) are performed. To analyze routinized ECBs, we draw on social practice theory and psychological concepts and suggest a framework that considers individual, social, and material factors. Based on our proposed framework and employing multivariate regression analysis, we gain new insights into associated factors of routinized ECBs-particularly for washing and drying clothes and showering. Analyzing data from a survey conducted among Swiss households in 2016 (n = 5015), we find that individual values, practice-specific wants, and materials explain variations in routinized ECB performance. Furthermore, socio-demographic predictors shed light on cultural and status differences associated with routinized ECBs. This paper contributes to understanding associated factors of routinized ECBs by bridging practice theory and psychology-based factors.
Faculties and Departments:04 Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > Departement Gesellschaftswissenschaften > Fachbereich Nachhaltigkeitsforschung > Nachhaltigkeitsforschung (Burger)
UniBasel Contributors:Hess, Ann-Kathrin and Burger, Paul
Item Type:Article, refereed
Article Subtype:Research Article
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2214-6296
Note:Publication type according to Uni Basel Research Database: Journal article
Language:English
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Last Modified:16 Aug 2018 16:30
Deposited On:16 Aug 2018 16:30

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