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Document Type Master's Dissertation
Author Pillay, Devan
URN etd-03162010-125027
Document Title Electricity conservation : factors influencing sustainable energy efficient consumer behaviour in the South African household
Degree MBA
Department Gordon Institute of Business Science
Advisor Name Title
Mr M Goldman Supervisor
  • energy conservation
Date 2010-03-16
Availability unrestricted

The primary focus of this body of research is to understand the drivers of consumer behaviour, towards electricity conservation in South African households. The underlying rationale is to influence a reduction in energy consumption by stimulating energy efficient behaviours, thereby reducing the impact of energy use on the environment. The outcomes shall be of benefit to policy makers who need to introduce the most effective interventions, and businesses that are engaged in the design and manufacture of energy efficient technologies and services.

Owing to the limited research in South Africa on the subject of electricity conservation behaviour, the study applied a qualitative research methodology to validate the existing theory on energy efficient consumer behaviour, as well as to establish new insights from South African residential electricity consumers.

The research findings are consistent with that of past research conducted in the US and Europe with the major difference noted on the level of environmental consciousness. While South Africans are conscious of the concepts of climate change and environmental degradation, they do not readily perceive domestic consumption of electricity as having a detrimental impact on the environment. Their foremost motivation to conserve electricity is inspired by the personal financial savings or potential savings, rather than to appease their conscience with regard to environmental impact.

Copyright 2008, University of Pretoria. All rights reserved. The copyright in this work vests in the University of Pretoria. No part of this work may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, without the prior written permission of the University of Pretoria

Please cite as follows:

Pillay, D 2008, Electricity conservation : factors influencing sustainable energy efficient consumer behaviour in the South African household, MBA dissertation, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, viewed yymmdd < http://upetd.up.ac.za/thesis/available/etd-03162010-125027/ >

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