Technical energy savings versus changes in human behaviour

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    Abstract

    Energy savings seems to be the most environmentally benign element in an energy policy. The paper is a reflection on the work on saving energy both by improving technology and by adapting human daily behaviour. A simple model is suggested for the energy chain which converts the primary energy all the way into human satisfaction via energy services. Results of various analyses and field experiments show saving potentials for electricity of 50 - 80 per cents. Barriers for implementing these technical saving options are discussed. Also the necessity and potentials for changing behavioural or life style is discussed, including survey results which points towards a change in values towards more demand for leisure time rather than more income. Finally result from a study for a low electricity Europe is included.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationMeans and strategies to influence energy-related behaviour in Europe
    Place of PublicationUtrecht
    PublisherNovem, P.O. Box 8242
    Publication date1996
    Publication statusPublished - 1996
    Event2nd SAVE Conference on Means and Strategies to Influence Energy-Related Behaviour in Europe - Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Duration: 30 Nov 19951 Dec 1995

    Conference

    Conference2nd SAVE Conference on Means and Strategies to Influence Energy-Related Behaviour in Europe
    CountryNetherlands
    CityAmsterdam
    Period30/11/199501/12/1995

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