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Values, environmental concern and environmentally significant behaviour: a study into household energy use

Poortinga, Wouter, Steg, L. and Vlek, C. 2004. Values, environmental concern and environmentally significant behaviour: a study into household energy use. Environment & Behavior 36 (1) , pp. 70-93. 10.1177/0013916503251466

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Abstract

In this study, the role of values in the field of household energy use is investigated by using the concept of quality of life (QOL). Importance judgments on 22 QOL aspects could be summarized into seven clearly interpretable value dimensions. The seven value dimensions and general and specific environmental concern contributed significantly to the explanation of policy support for government regulation and for market strategies aimed at managing environmental problems as well as to the explanation of the acceptability of specific home and transport energy-saving measures. In line with earlier research, home and transport energy use were especially related to sociodemographic variables like income and household size. These results show that it is relevant to distinguish between different measures of environmental impact and different types of environmental intent. Moreover, the results suggest that using only attitudinal variables, such as values, may be too limited to explain all types of environmental behavior.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Architecture
Psychology
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
T Technology > TX Home economics
Uncontrolled Keywords: values; attitudes; environmental concern; environmental behavior; energy use
Publisher: Sage
ISSN: 0013-9165
Last Modified: 15 Nov 2013 09:20
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/2172

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