Energy comes home
Journal article, Peer reviewed
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Original versionEnergy Policy 2007, 35(11):5457-5465 10.1016/j.enpol.2007.05.007
The growth in private energy consumption is an increasing problem in the Western countries. From an environmental point of view, this consumption has to be reduced. This article discusses private energy consumption and possibilities for reduction in Norway, with a special focus on the home. It argues against a rational economic view of the consumer and emphasizes the significance of a more subtle understanding of private energy use. The article approaches the challenges of reducing private energy consumption by analysing the domestication of the home and discusses everyday life activities as well as the phenomenon of rebuilding and redecorating. By using the concept of domestication, the article will challenges the linear understanding of technological as well as behavioural change. Private energy consumption is part of a complex network and it is necessary to understand this network in order to achieve a more permanent reduction.