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Dumber energy at home please: Perceptions of Smart Energy Technologies are dependent on home, workplace, or policy context in the United Kingdom

Spence, Alexa; Leygue, Caroline; Wickes, Laura; Withers, Lucien; Goulden, Murray; Wardman, Jamie K

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Authors

Caroline Leygue

Laura Wickes

Lucien Withers

Jamie K Wardman



Abstract

Smart energy technologies (SETs) are being developed around the world to support using energy more efficiently and to smooth our consumption over time, helping us to meet our carbon reduction targets. Notably, SETs will only be effective with support and engagement from the public. Previous literature has focused on evaluating SETs within a residential context, however, results here may differ from a workplace or policy context. We note that surrogate decision making (SDM [1]) theory indicates we make decisions differently for others than for the self. Study one (N = 213) comprises a survey using a UK population sample that examines public perceptions and support for SETs in different contexts. Study two (N = 12) utilises interviews to explore perceptions in more depth, probing the nature of support using socio-cognitive constructs relating to SDM. We find that people are more likely to support SETs in a workplace or policy context, compared to residential contexts. In addition, we note that support for SETs is related to different socio-cognitive constructs in different contexts, and also that impulsivity of decision making differs across contexts. Decision making within workplace and policy contexts is characterised by higher levels of impulsivity than in a residential context, as well as a sense of shared responsibility. Our results indicate that translational research is needed when considering evidence based on residential studies in making decisions within workplace and policy contexts.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Mar 4, 2021
Online Publication Date Mar 25, 2021
Publication Date 2021-05
Deposit Date Mar 24, 2021
Publicly Available Date Mar 26, 2022
Journal Energy Research & Social Science
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 75
Article Number 102021
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.102021
Keywords Smart energy technologies; Demand side management; Energy use; Public perceptions; Energy policy; Workplace
Public URL https://nottingham-repository.worktribe.com/output/5413485
Publisher URL https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2214629621001146
Additional Information Spence, A., Leygue, C., Wickes, L., Withers, L., Goulden, M., & Wardman, J. K. (2021). Dumber energy at home please: Perceptions of smart energy technologies are dependent on home, workplace, or policy context in the United Kingdom. Energy Research & Social Science, 75, 102021. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.erss.2021.102021

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