Household adoption of energy and water-efficient appliances: An analysis of attitudes, labelling and complementary green behaviours in selected OECD countries

Date

2017

Authors

Dieu-Hang, To
Grafton, Quentin
Martinez-Espineira, Roberto
Garcia-Valinas, Maria

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Academic Press

Abstract

Using a household-based data set of more than 12,000 households from 11 OECD countries, we analyse the factors underlying the decision by households to adopt energy-efficient and water-efficient equipment. We evaluate the roles of both attitudes and labelling schemes on the adoption of energy and water-efficient equipment, and also the interaction and complementarity between energy and water conservation behaviours. Our findings show: one, ‘green’ social norms and favourable attitudes towards the environment are associated with an increased likelihood of households' adoption of energy and water-efficient appliances; two, households' purchase decisions are positively affected by their awareness, understanding, and trust of labelling schemes; and three, there is evidence of complementarity between energy conservation and water conservation behaviours

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Keywords

Energy conservation, Water conservation, Eco-labelling scheme, Energy efficiency, Water efficiency

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Journal of Environmental Management

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Journal article

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DOI

10.1016/j.jenvman.2017.03.070

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2099-12-31