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Swiss Household Energy Demand Survey (SHEDS)

Institutions involvedUniNE, UniBas, ETHZ, UniGE, UniSG, ZWAH
Contact persons Mehdi Farsi (UniNE), Sylvain Weber (UniNE)
Keywords Household energy consumption, heating, electricity, mobility
Disciplines Economics, psychology, sociology
Unit of observation Households
Geographical space Switzerland (without Ticino)
Data collection methodOnline survey
Data availabilitySee ad hoc document “Access to Data and Research Agenda”


Publications and working papers
None for the moment.

    The objective of the Swiss Household Energy Demand Survey (SHEDS) is to study the changes in household behaviors related to energy consumption and the relationships between different fields of energy consumption (heating, electricity, mobility). It is intended as a rolling panel of around 5,000 households, i.e., an annual survey where the same households respond several years in a row. The first wave took place in 2016.

    The data contain information on equipment and use for the same households in three different fields of energy consumption:

    • Heating: heating system, temperature, use of hot water, …
    • Electricity: type and efficiency of appliances, usage of electrical appliances, …
    • Mobility: type and efficiency of vehicle, vehicle size and usage (km), distance to workplace, …

    The household characteristics collected can be classified in three main disciplines:

    • Economics: number of people, age, income, education, type of residence, energy literacy…
    • Psychology: environment attitudes, risk attitudes, emotions, values, life satisfaction, …
    • Sociology: social norms, performance, context, life events, …

    Time-varying characteristics will be collected in every wave of the survey in order to allow for the analysis of changes. Fixed characteristics will only be collected the first time a respondent enters the survey. Additional modules such as choice experiments are intended for the next waves.

    The 2016 questionnaire is described in more details in the ad hoc document “Questionnaire and codes”.

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