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Determinants of energy-efficient home retrofits in Slovenia: the role of information sources

08.11.2018Comments are closed.

Keywords:
energy efficiency,
renovation,
retrofits,
consumer information,
energy consultation,
household behavior.

Author(s):

  • Nevenka Hrovatin, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics;
  • Jelena Zorić, University of Ljubljana, Faculty of Economics.

Abstract:

The paper examines what determines household energy-efficient retrofit decisions in Slovenia based on analysis of more than 1,000 single family-house owners, survey respondents. While previous studies typically stress the importance of professional energy audits, this paper shows that other formal and informal sources of information and advice also play a significant role in informing homeowners and fostering energy-efficient retrofit decisions. Compared to partial retrofit measures, an integral approach to retrofits is more strongly associated with estimated energy saving potential, household income and professional advice seeking. On the other hand, free public energy consultation appears to have failed to deliver the expected outcome. Results of econometric analysis on barriers and drivers for building energy retrofits call for strengthening the financial incentives, informing and educating the public through various information sources, combined with the redesign of public energy advisory network to increase the reach of residential building energy-efficiency policies.

Journal:

Energy and buildings

Indexing:

JCR SCI 2017: 4,457

The article is available here.


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