Household Energy Use and Travel: Opportunities for Behavioral Change

Home and personal travel decisions have important consequences for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, yet there has been little data on and investigation into the connections between such decisions and decision makers’ opinions on energy policy options. This study examines such data for the Austin metropolitan area and attempts to infer directions for fruitful energy policy. Nearly all respondents recognized global warming as a problem (95%), and most agreed that lifestyle changes are needed to combat climate change (85%). Many also believe that climate change can be combated by application of stricter policies in the areas of vehicle technology (68%), fuel economy (86%), and building design (85%). Results of the study illuminate the importance of home-zone attributes on vehicle ownership, vehicle miles, and emissions. Most (56%) households agree that energy regulations should be pursued to curb global climate change, and most prefer caps on consumption over taxation. Data and empirical results suggest that substantial U.S. energy and greenhouse gas savings are likely to come from vehicle fuel-economy regulation, rebates on relatively fuel-efficient vehicle purchases, home heating and cooling practices, caps on maximum household energy use, and long-term behavioral shifts.


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Media Info

  • Media Type: DVD
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 17p
  • Monograph Title: TRB 89th Annual Meeting Compendium of Papers DVD

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01155434
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: 10-1373
  • Files: TRIS, TRB
  • Created Date: Jan 25 2010 10:37AM