According to a recent study conducted by the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), it is much easier to cut back on electricity usage if you are a single person household, or if you are renting your residence.
Using a Swedish field study of 154 apartment residences, as part of the ‘Smart Energy City’ project, KTH found that the size of the household influences its energy consumption. And while the scope of the study was limited, its results still indicate that changes in electricity use varied depending on if it was a single, couple or family household.
The more a household grew in size, the less KTH saw any indications to change in electricity use, whether for environmental and economic reasons, DN reports.
“Single person households have it easier to change [their] behaviour because they do not have to take anyone else into consideration,” Anders Nilsson, researcher at KTH, said.
In addition the study showed that people who rent are also more inclined to consider both economic and environmental concerns when it comes to personal electricity use, and then limit it accordingly.
Nilsson also explained that another main points of the study was examining “to what extent individuals can, should and will be held responsible for the switch-over to a more sustainable energy system”. Adding that the results indicated “some potential for people to make their own environmentally responsible decisions -but only to a certain degree and extent.”
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