Measuring changes in family energy management: consumption or efficiency

JUDITH ROGERS URICH, M J Hogan-Schiltgen

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Abstract

The Home Heating Energy Index (HHEI), a tool for measuring energy efficiency, which integrates house size, seasonal temperature variations, and type of heating fuel, was found to be an effective measure. Using 5‐year longitudinal field study data from 24 families living in a cold climate, the tool explained 77% of family energy consumption and provided a definitive benchmark for evaluating home heating energy conservation. Factors which influenced family energy consumption and/or efficiency were: (1) family energy management behaviours, including no‐dollar cost behavioural changes and enhancing the energy efficiency of some mechanical system; (2) housing factors, including structural characteristics and size of house; and, (3) family contextual factors, including socio‐economic status, family size and stage of family life cycle.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-172
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Consumer Studies & Home Economics
Volume9
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1985

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