Domestic Energy Consumption: Houses, People, and Comfort
Aubrey Baillie, Christina Cody, Ian Griffiths, and Jorg Huber
This chapter draws attention to the relative neglect in the social-psychological literature concerned with domestic energy consumption of the theory of thermal comfort, which allows the prediction of optimal temperatures for combinations of activities and levels of clothing insulation. There are a number of indications that the subjective state of thermal comfort during winter has a high value placed on it, such that limitation of comfort conditions, where it occurs, tends to be in terms of spatial and temporal restriction rather than reduction in comfort itself. In view of the importance of winter heating in the determination of total energy demand this has significance for both policy and research.
Research into domestic energy consumption and conservation that ignores thermal comfort has produced inconsistent results and weak predictions of variations in consumption. Indeed, existing attitudinal and behavioral approaches____________________