Information and communication technologies - A new round of household electrification

Inge Røpke, Toke Haunstrup Christensen, Jesper Ole Jensen

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    Abstract

    Information and communication technologies (ICTs) increasingly permeate everyday life in industrialized societies. The aim of this paper is to explore ICT-related transformations of everyday practices and discuss the implications, particularly for residential electricity consumption. The present socio-technical changes are seen in a historical perspective, and it is argued that the integration of ICT into everyday practices can be seen as a new round of household electrification, comparable to earlier rounds that also led to higher electricity consumption. A case study carried out in Denmark in 2007–2008 explores the present changes in everyday life. Based on qualitative interviews, the study focuses on people’s ways of integrating ICTs into their everyday practices, on any significant changes in these practices, and on the influence of the changed practices on electricity consumption. The paper concludes with a discussion on the implications for energy policy.
    Original languageEnglish
    JournalEnergy Policy
    Volume38
    Issue number4
    Pages (from-to)1764-1773
    ISSN0301-4215
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

    Keywords

    • practice theory
    • household energy consumption
    • ICT

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