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Estimating the environmental impact of home energy visits and extent of behaviour change

Revell, K; (2014) Estimating the environmental impact of home energy visits and extent of behaviour change. Energy Policy , 73 461 - 470. 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.05.049. Green open access

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Abstract

The objective of this study was to estimate the environmental impact of a home energy visit programme, known as RE:NEW, that was delivered in London, in the United Kingdom. These home energy visits intended to encourage reductions in household carbon emissions and water consumption through the installation of small energy saving measures (such as radiator panels, in-home energy displays and low-flow shower heads), further significant energy saving measures (loft and cavity wall insulation) and behaviour change advice. The environmental impact of the programme was estimated in terms of carbon emissions abated and on average, for each household in the study, a visit led to an average carbon abatement of 146 kgCO2. The majority of this was achieved through the installation of small energy saving measures. The impact of the visits on the installation of significant measures was negligible, as was the impact on behaviour change. Therefore, these visits did not overcome the barriers required to generate behaviour change or the barriers to the installation of more significant energy saving measures. Given this, a number of recommendations are proposed in this paper, which could increase the efficacy of these home energy visits.

Type: Article
Title: Estimating the environmental impact of home energy visits and extent of behaviour change
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1016/j.enpol.2014.05.049
Publisher version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2014.05.049
Language: English
Additional information: © 2014 The Author. Published by Elsevier Ltd. This is an open access article under the CCBY license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/).
Keywords: Home energy visit, Behaviour change, Energy
UCL classification: UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Civil, Environ and Geomatic Eng
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1464088
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