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Social, environmental and economic dimensions of sustainable energy consumption in residential buildings (seco@home)

Institutions involvedCentre for European Economic Research (ZEW), UniSG, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI), ÖkoInstitut, German Institute for Economic Research (DIW), Institute for Economy and the Environment, UniSG
Contact persons Stefanie Hille (UniSG)
Keywords Household energy consumption, residential buildings, sustainable consumption
Disciplines Economics, psychology, sociology
Unit of observationHouseholds
PeriodMarch 2008 - November 2010
Geographical spaceGermany
Data collection methodSurvey
Data availabilityData could be made available for SCCER-CREST researchers upon request


Publications and working papers

  • Mills, B., & Schleich, J. (2010). What's driving energy efficient appliance label awareness and purchase propensity?. Energy Policy , 38 (2), 814-825.
  • Heinzle, S. L., & Wüstenhagen, R. (2012). Dynamic Adjustment of Eco‐labeling Schemes and Consumer Choice–the Revision of the EU Energy Label as a Missed Opportunity? Business Strategy and the Environment , 21 (1), 60-70.
  • Kaenzig, J., Heinzle, S. L., & Wüstenhagen, R. (2013). Whatever the customer wants, the customer gets? Exploring the gap between consumer preferences and default electricity products in Germany. Energy Policy , 53 , 311-322.
  • Heinzle, S. L. (2012). Disclosure of energy operating cost information: A silver bullet for overcoming the energyefficiency gap?. Journal of Consumer Policy , 35 (1), 43-64.
  • Tabi, A., Hille, S. L., & Wüstenhagen, R. (2014). What makes people seal the green power deal?—Customer segmentation based on choice experiment in Germany. Ecological Economics , 107 , 206-215.Achtnicht, M., & Madlener, R. (2014). Factors influencing German house owners' preferences on energy retrofits. Energy Policy , 68 , 254-263.
  • Achtnicht, M. (2011). Do environmental benefits matter? Evidence from a choice experiment among house owners in Germany. Ecological Economics , 70 (11), 2191-2200.
  • Rennings, K., Brohmann, B., Nentwich, J., Schleich, J., Traber, T., & Wüstenhagen, R. (2012). Sustainable energy consumption in residential buildings (Vol. 44). Springer Science & Business Media.

The research project examined decisions on energy consumption made by private German households by running a representative study with more than 1200 respondents. The inter- and trans-disciplinary project ran from March 2008 to November 2010 and was supported by the funding initiative From Knowledge to Action - New Paths Towards Sustainable Consumption.

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