Households' pro-environmental habits and investments in water and energy consumption: determinants and relationships

Martínez-Espiñeira, Roberto, García-Valiñas, María A. and Nauges, Céline (2014) Households' pro-environmental habits and investments in water and energy consumption: determinants and relationships. Journal of Environmental Management, 133 174-183. doi:10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.12.002


Author Martínez-Espiñeira, Roberto
García-Valiñas, María A.
Nauges, Céline
Title Households' pro-environmental habits and investments in water and energy consumption: determinants and relationships
Journal name Journal of Environmental Management   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0301-4797
1095-8630
Publication date 2014-01-15
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1016/j.jenvman.2013.12.002
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 133
Start page 174
End page 183
Total pages 10
Place of publication Camden, London, United Kingdom
Publisher Academic Press
Language eng
Formatted abstract
Highlights
• We jointly estimate households' pro-environmental behaviours and investment decisions.
• We consider water and energy efficiency, and waste recycling.
• We find positive interactions between different pro-environmental behaviours.
• We find spill over effects in pro-environmental behaviours.
• Subsidisation policies will induce households to adopt efficient appliances.

Economic instruments have received a lot of attention in the literature dealing with water and energy demand management. However factors driving households' behaviour/habits and investment in water-saving and energy-saving equipment have been seldom studied. The main purpose of this article is to contribute to this literature by analysing the main determinants of a set of households' conservation habits and pro-environmental investment decisions. Using household-level data from Spain, we show that conservation habits and the purchase of resource-efficient appliances are not independent.
Keyword Water conservation
Energy conservation
Technology adoption
Habits
Multivariate probit
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Available online 27 December 2013

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
Collections: Official 2014 Collection
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