Energy saving behaviours of middle class households in Ghana, Peru and the Philippines

Never, Babette, Kuhn, Sascha, Fuhrmann-Riebel, Hanna, Albert, Jose Ramon, Gsell, Sebastian, Jaramillo, Miguel and Sendaza, Bernardin (2022) Energy saving behaviours of middle class households in Ghana, Peru and the Philippines. Energy for Sustainable Development, 68. pp. 170-181. ISSN 0973-0826

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Demand-side management of energy seeks to foster energy efficiency investments and curtailment behaviour in households. The role of environmental concern and knowledge for both types of energy saving behaviour has hardly been investigated in middle income countries with growing middle classes and rising electricity demand. Drawing on unique household survey data from Ghana, Peru and the Philippines, this paper analyses the links from individual motivation to behaviour, and from behaviour to the impact on households' total electricity expenditures. We find that consumers with more environmental concern are more likely to adopt curtailment behaviours, but that concern does not influence energy efficiency investments. In turn, higher levels of environmental knowledge make households' energy efficiency investments more likely, but do not influence curtailment. Neither energy efficiency investments nor curtailment behaviours significantly impact households' electricity expenditures. Small differences between Ghana, Peru and the Philippines exist.

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Additional Information: Author acknowledgements: We are grateful for the financial support of the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). We would also like to thank the respondents to our survey for their patience and our research assistants for their support.
Uncontrolled Keywords: consumer behaviour,curtailment,developing countries,energy efficiency,energy saving,geography, planning and development,renewable energy, sustainability and the environment,management, monitoring, policy and law,sdg 7 - affordable and clean energy,sdg 12 - responsible consumption and production ,/dk/atira/pure/subjectarea/asjc/3300/3305
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Global Development (formerly School of International Development)
UEA Research Groups: Faculty of Social Sciences > Research Groups > Behavioural and Experimental Development Economics
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Depositing User: LivePure Connector
Date Deposited: 24 May 2022 15:02
Last Modified: 24 Mar 2024 01:15
DOI: 10.1016/j.esd.2022.03.003

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