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Is mom energy efficient? a study of gender, household energy consumption and family decision making in Indonesia

Permana, Ariva Sugandi and Abd. Aziz, Norsiah and Siong, Ho Chin (2015) Is mom energy efficient? a study of gender, household energy consumption and family decision making in Indonesia. Energy Research And Social Science, 6 . pp. 78-86. ISSN 2214-157X

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2014.12.007


This study highlights gender-related factors and attempts to understand their influence in residential energy consumption. This pilot study was done in Bandung City, Indonesia. It employed a questionnaire survey and face to face interviews. Questionnaires were randomly distributed to the households in Bandung City. In this study, energy consumption included household uses of power for lighting, entertainment, thermal comfort and cooking. Energy consumption was estimated based upon electrical and liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) consumption. The results showed that when the decisions about energy expenditure and control of energy consumption in the household were solely made by a woman, energy consumption tended to be the lowest. There are three possible ways decision can be made, by the wife, husband and a joint decision. This evidence suggests several things. They are that (1) women are good household energy managers, (2) men may be careless with respect to energy consumption, (3) women may be more cautious about household expenditures, and (4) when joint decisions were made the husband and wife relied-upon-each-other in reaching agreement. This suggests useful entry points for energy efficient initiatives

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:energy consumption, gender
Subjects:H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman
Divisions:Built Environment
ID Code:58449
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:04 Dec 2016 04:07
Last Modified:18 Sep 2017 01:16

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