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Knowledge, energy sustainability, and vulnerability in the demographics of smart home technology diffusion

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  • Benjamin K. Sovacool
  • Mari Martiskainen, University of Sussex Business School
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  • Dylan D. Furszyfer Del Rio, University of Sussex Business School

In this empirical study, we explore the user acceptance of smart home technologies by asking: How do people perceive their opportunities and drawbacks? What factors shape their perceptions? What implications does this have for future energy savings, sustainability, and policy? Based on a mixed methods approach involving three focus groups (N = 18) and a nationally representative survey of adults (N = 1032) in the United Kingdom, we explore the demographics, preferences, and risks of smart home technology. We do this via the lenses of knowledge and adoption; energy and climate sustainability; and vulnerability and exclusion. We explore how different classes of people—adopters versus non-adopters, high-income versus low-income, women and men, old versus young—support or oppose smart home technologies, have different degrees of knowledge and misperceptions, and reveal very different perceptions about the practices enabled by smart homes. In doing so, we show at times compelling links between smart homes and energy consumption, and possible negative impacts to poverty, inclusion, and empowerment.

OriginalsprogEngelsk
Artikelnummer112196
TidsskriftEnergy Policy
Vol/bind153
Antal sider17
ISSN0301-4215
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StatusUdgivet - jun. 2021

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
Donal Brown from the University of Leeds, Matthew Lipson from the Energy Systems Catapult, and Ben Walker, Harry Bradwell, and Joshua Phillips from the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in the United Kingdom all offered very helpful suggestions on the survey design utilized in this study. We also benefitted substantially from earlier work on smart homes from Charlie Wilson and Tom Hargreaves at the University of East Anglia, who shared with us their survey instrument and offered additional suggestions on design, as well as suggestions from Johannes Kester at Oxford University. Lastly, the authors gratefully acknowledge support from UK Research and Innovation through the Centre for Research into Energy Demand Solutions, grant reference number EP/R035288/1.

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