Evaluation of lifestyle factors including people's values affecting electricity consumption in homes

A. Otsuka, D. Narumi

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A critical view holds that people's values are integral to lifestyle choices. This study investigated the effects of these values, energy-attitudes, and cognition on home electricity consumption through a case study on an all-electric apartment with HEMS in Yokohama. The conceptual framework assumed that "socially oriented values are related to factors that form energy-attitudes leading to a higher level of behavioral intentions and actual behaviors (and vice versa)" according to Schwartz's basic human value theory and several other sociopsychological models. Results suggest the importance of fostering self-transcendent values in linking people's behavioral intentions to actual actions. This study was one of the first to include people's values when considering energy-saving lifestyles in Japan. The fact that people's values have a certain level of influence on energy consumption has implications on future policy. This sheds light on the need for further research in this area, and thus in realizing energy-saving lifestyles.

Original languageEnglish
Article number012081
JournalIOP Conference Series: Earth and Environmental Science
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Aug 9 2019
Externally publishedYes
EventSustainable Built Environment Conference 2019 Tokyo: Built Environment in an Era of Climate Change: How Can Cities and Buildings Adapt?, SBE 2019 Tokyo - Tokyo, Japan
Duration: Aug 6 2019Aug 7 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Environmental Science
  • General Earth and Planetary Sciences


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