Energy consumption behaviors

Uwase Turin, Nathalie ; Fragnière, Emmanuel (Dir.)

Mémoire de master : Haute école de gestion de Genève, 2012.

This paper focuses on end-user energy consumption behaviors with the objective to gather information in order to give more explicit knowledge about demand side. The author chose to adopt a qualitative method for the first part so as to collect an in depth comprehension of energy consumption behavior. Semi-directive interviews addressed different energetic topics such as water, heating,... Plus

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    This paper focuses on end-user energy consumption behaviors with the objective to gather information in order to give more explicit knowledge about demand side. The author chose to adopt a qualitative method for the first part so as to collect an in depth comprehension of energy consumption behavior. Semi-directive interviews addressed different energetic topics such as water, heating, electricity but also communication and population knowledge about energy issues. A quantitative survey through a questionnaire completed the qualitative part with the objective to confirm or invalidate the hypotheses of the first part. The aim of the paper is to provide energy models with more precise elements about demand, as at the moment it is estimated through non-behavioral parameters such as Gross Domestic Product or demography. The author concludes this paper by proposing lines of thought in order to build guidelines to enable the introduction of behavioral components in the models.