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Energy Efficiency and Energy Demand: Structural Analysis of Rebound Effects

Institutions involvedUniNE
Contact persons Cécile Hediger (UniNE), Mehdi Farsi (UniNE)
Keywords Rebound effects, energy efficiency, residential heating, private mobility
Disciplines Economics
Unit of observationHouseholds
Geographical spaceSwitzerland (without Ticino)
Data collection methodOnline survey
Data availabilityNot available for the moment (PhD thesis in progress)


Publications and working papers

  • Hediger, C., Farsi, M. & Weber, S. (2016): “The direct and indirect rebound effects for residential heating in Switzerland”, working paper.

The dataset has been created specifically to study rebound effects in space heating. It also includes questions regarding private mobility, electricity consumption, spending patterns, socio-economic variables and green attitude. Data come from a survey carried out in September 2015 with 3,555 respondents, representative of the Swiss population (excluding Ticino). Key questions of the survey regarding the direct RE were asked using scenarios valid for owners and tenants. The scenarios simulated an improvement in the efficiency of their heating system. Three scenarios were proposed to each respondent: 1) with a small improvement in efficiency: their system was randomly more efficient by 10, 15 or 20%; 2) with a large improvement: randomly more efficient by 40, 50 or 60%; 3) with a medium improvement and a CO2 neutral technology: randomly more efficient by 25 or 30%. After the presentation of the scenario, we asked whether the respondents would modify their heating habits following that change in efficiency, and if yes by how much.

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