Understanding the Spectrum of Residential Energy-Saving Behaviours: French Evidence Using Disaggregated Data

GATE Working Paper No. 1536, 2015

19 Pages Posted: 16 Dec 2015

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Fateh Belaid

Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment

Thomas Garcia

University of Lyon 2 - Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE)

Date Written: December 16, 2015

Abstract

Analysing household energy-saving behaviours is crucial to improve energy consumption predictions and energy policy making. How should we quantitatively measure them? What are their determinants? This study explores the main factors influencing residential energy-saving behaviours based on a bottom-up multivariate statistical approach using data from the recent French PHEBUS survey. Firstly, we assess energy-saving behaviours on a one-dimension scale using IRT. Secondly, we use linear regression with an innovative variable selection method via adaptive lasso to tease out the effects of both macro and micro factors on the behavioural score. The results highlight the impact of five main attributes incentivizing energy-saving behaviours based on cross-variable analyses: energy price, household income, education level, age of head of household and dwelling energy performance. In addition, our results suggest that the analysis of the inverted U-shape impact of age enables the expansion of the energy consumption life cycle theory to energy-saving behaviours.

Keywords: Energy-saving behaviours, Residential energy use, Econometric modelling, IRT, Lasso

JEL Classification: Q4, Q5, D19

Suggested Citation

Belaid, Fateh and Garcia, Thomas, Understanding the Spectrum of Residential Energy-Saving Behaviours: French Evidence Using Disaggregated Data (December 16, 2015). GATE Working Paper No. 1536, 2015, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2704238 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2704238

Fateh Belaid

Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment ( email )

venue Jean Jaurès
Champs-sur-Marne
Marne la Vallée, Cedex 2 77447
France

Thomas Garcia (Contact Author)

University of Lyon 2 - Groupe d'Analyse et de Théorie Economique (GATE) ( email )

93, chemin des Mouilles
Ecully, 69130
France

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