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

Permana, Ariva Sugandi and Abdul Aziz, Norsiah and Ho, Chin Siong (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 2214-6296

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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: Control over expenditure, Energy consumption, Gender
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > G Geography (General)
H Social Sciences > HT Communities. Classes. Races
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Divisions: Faculty of Built Environment > Urban and Regional Planning
Depositing User: Ms Intan Suryana Zakaria
Date Deposited: 01 Jan 2018 06:54
Last Modified: 01 Jan 2018 06:57

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