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Social and Behavioral Characteristics of Energy Use

Publication Type:

Conference Proceedings


Chicago, IL, p.151-165 (1992)



I will first provide an overview of changing patterns of residential energy use over the past 20 years. Second, I will summarize some of the ways that human behavior shapes, influences, and even determines rates of energy use and energy conservation. Third, I will discuss some alternative approaches that energy analysts use to understand energy and behavior -- identifying problems and gaps in these perspectives and indicating areas where additional research needs to be done. Finally, I will say a bit about the institutional barriers that limit an expansion of our knowledge of energy and behavior.