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Small-Scale Pellet Heating Systems from Consumer Perspective

Abstract

A questionnaire survey of 1,500 detached house owners was carried out in the autumn of 2004 to find out the factors influencing the adoption and diffusion of pellet heating systems in the Swedish residential sector. The results revealed that most of the respondents had no plans to install new heating systems as they were satisfied with their existing ones. Economic aspects and functional reliability were the most important factors in the respondents' choice of heating system while environmental factors were of less importance. Therefore, internalizing external costs, such as environmental costs, might be effective in influencing house owners to adopt environmentally benign heating systems. Installers were the most important source of information on heating systems. Hence, it is important that they could inform the consumers comprehensively and accurately about different heating systems. Respondents perceived the relative advantage of pellet boilers over oil or electricity-based heating systems, but bedrock heat pump system was ranked higher than pellet heating system in every aspect except for investment cost. Pellet heating system has advantage over district heating system with respect to investment cost and annual cost of heating. District heating system was considered as most functionally reliable and automatic.
Authors:
Mahapatra, K; Gustavsson, L [1] 
  1. Mid Sweden Univ., Oestersund (Sweden). Ecotechnology
Publication Date:
Jul 15, 2006
Product Type:
Conference
Report Number:
NEI-SE-636
Resource Relation:
Conference: Pellets 2006. 2. world conference on Pellets, Joenkoeping (Sweden), 30 May - 1 Jun 2006; Other Information: 11 refs., 5 tabs.; Related Information: In: Proceedings of the 2. world conference on Pellets, 312 pages.
Subject:
09 BIOMASS FUELS; PELLETS; WOOD FUELS; SWEDEN; HOUSEHOLDS; RELIABILITY; SOCIO-ECONOMIC FACTORS; MARKET; INVESTMENT
OSTI ID:
20812300
Research Organizations:
Swedish Bioenergy Association (SVEBIO), Stockholm (Sweden)
Country of Origin:
Sweden
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Other: ISBN 91-631-8961-5; TRN: SE0607441
Availability:
Commercial reproduction prohibited; OSTI as DE20812247; www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/20812247-FXm9jO/
Submitting Site:
SWD
Size:
page(s) 289-293
Announcement Date:
Nov 15, 2007

Citation Formats

Mahapatra, K, and Gustavsson, L. Small-Scale Pellet Heating Systems from Consumer Perspective. Sweden: N. p., 2006. Web.
Mahapatra, K, & Gustavsson, L. Small-Scale Pellet Heating Systems from Consumer Perspective. Sweden.
Mahapatra, K, and Gustavsson, L. 2006. "Small-Scale Pellet Heating Systems from Consumer Perspective." Sweden.
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title = {Small-Scale Pellet Heating Systems from Consumer Perspective}
author = {Mahapatra, K, and Gustavsson, L}
abstractNote = {A questionnaire survey of 1,500 detached house owners was carried out in the autumn of 2004 to find out the factors influencing the adoption and diffusion of pellet heating systems in the Swedish residential sector. The results revealed that most of the respondents had no plans to install new heating systems as they were satisfied with their existing ones. Economic aspects and functional reliability were the most important factors in the respondents' choice of heating system while environmental factors were of less importance. Therefore, internalizing external costs, such as environmental costs, might be effective in influencing house owners to adopt environmentally benign heating systems. Installers were the most important source of information on heating systems. Hence, it is important that they could inform the consumers comprehensively and accurately about different heating systems. Respondents perceived the relative advantage of pellet boilers over oil or electricity-based heating systems, but bedrock heat pump system was ranked higher than pellet heating system in every aspect except for investment cost. Pellet heating system has advantage over district heating system with respect to investment cost and annual cost of heating. District heating system was considered as most functionally reliable and automatic.}
place = {Sweden}
year = {2006}
month = {Jul}
}