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Title: Comparison of owners' and renters' winter thermostat setting behavior using a two stage path analysis

Abstract

This research combines economic, sociological and technological variables in a two-stage path analysis to determine the difference in the thermostat setting behavior of 303 owners and 194 renters. The data were collected in the spring of 1982 in Manhattan, Kansas and corrected to include only the theoretical effects of space heating. A constraint index to measure perceived problems faced by respondents in lowering thermostats in the winter and a dwelling energy efficiency index, based upon the physical characteristics of the dwelling unit, were developed for use in the analysis. Several major conclusions can be drawn from the findings. (1) The main factor that influences the thermostat setting behavior in the home is the perceived comfort levels of its occupants. Income, education, and other attitudes have little or no influence on this type of conservation behavior. (2) A difference was found in factors that influence daytime and night-time behavior. This difference may be due to differences in who is home during the day. (3) Owners and renters were observed to have different energy related behaviors. (4) The energy index proved to be a very strong predictor of energy used in the home for winter space heating, indicating that behavior differences maymore » play less of a role in energy consumption use for space heating than the energy efficiency of the unit itself.« less

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Research Org.:
Kansas State Univ., Manhattan (USA)
OSTI Identifier:
5249026
Resource Type:
Thesis/Dissertation
Resource Relation:
Other Information: Thesis (Ph. D.)
Country of Publication:
United States
Language:
English
Subject:
32 ENERGY CONSERVATION, CONSUMPTION, AND UTILIZATION; 29 ENERGY PLANNING, POLICY AND ECONOMY; RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS; SPACE HEATING; TEMPERATURE CONTROL; BEHAVIOR; ENERGY EFFICIENCY; OCCUPANTS; OWNERSHIP; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; THERMAL COMFORT; THERMOSTATS; BUILDINGS; CONTROL; CONTROL EQUIPMENT; EFFICIENCY; EQUIPMENT; HEATING; INSTITUTIONAL FACTORS; 320101* - Energy Conservation, Consumption, & Utilization- Residential Buildings- (-1987); 291000 - Energy Planning & Policy- Conservation

Citation Formats

Bronner, D M. Comparison of owners' and renters' winter thermostat setting behavior using a two stage path analysis. United States: N. p., 1986. Web.
Bronner, D M. Comparison of owners' and renters' winter thermostat setting behavior using a two stage path analysis. United States.
Bronner, D M. Wed . "Comparison of owners' and renters' winter thermostat setting behavior using a two stage path analysis". United States.
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abstractNote = {This research combines economic, sociological and technological variables in a two-stage path analysis to determine the difference in the thermostat setting behavior of 303 owners and 194 renters. The data were collected in the spring of 1982 in Manhattan, Kansas and corrected to include only the theoretical effects of space heating. A constraint index to measure perceived problems faced by respondents in lowering thermostats in the winter and a dwelling energy efficiency index, based upon the physical characteristics of the dwelling unit, were developed for use in the analysis. Several major conclusions can be drawn from the findings. (1) The main factor that influences the thermostat setting behavior in the home is the perceived comfort levels of its occupants. Income, education, and other attitudes have little or no influence on this type of conservation behavior. (2) A difference was found in factors that influence daytime and night-time behavior. This difference may be due to differences in who is home during the day. (3) Owners and renters were observed to have different energy related behaviors. (4) The energy index proved to be a very strong predictor of energy used in the home for winter space heating, indicating that behavior differences may play less of a role in energy consumption use for space heating than the energy efficiency of the unit itself.},
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