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Eco-efficiency rebound effects associated with household energy using products

dc.contributor.author Park, Miles en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2021-11-25T12:27:16Z
dc.date.available 2021-11-25T12:27:16Z
dc.date.issued 2012 en_US
dc.description.abstract For designers, a key consideration to improve the environmental performance of new products and services is energy and resource efficiency (eco-efficiency). This is particularly important for household energy using products (EuPs) as they consume significant energy during the consumption (use) phase of their lifecycle. EuPs incorporate many types of consumer electrical and electronic products, including televisions and computers as well as the many other powered kitchen, laundry, bathroom and personal electronic devices of which ownership, both individually and cumulatively has increased dramatically in modern households. A consequence of EuP ownership and changing behavioural patterns is that EuPs cumulative contribution to overall household energy use is increasing in Australia, at 4.7% per annum. This is despite the sustained efforts over many years to improve energy efficiency of individual EuPs that is claimed to have improved at a rate of 2% per annum since 1970. This begs exploration of the drivers underpinning this divergence between predicted energy conservation through efficiency and actual energy use. The aim of this study is to investigate why household energy use from EuPs continues to rise. Such situations are described as ‘rebound effects’ where ‘designed in’ energy savings are not achieved. Exploring the proposition of the rebound effect, this study investigates design, ownership and use parameters of televisions (and peripheral equipment), washing machines, dishwashers and refrigerators benchmarked over a period of time. Drawing upon a variety of technical and behavioural criteria, data is mapped and presented for analysis to locate, identify and remark upon the qualities and significance of a likely rebound effect. Such information, where identified, highlights the hidden implications and significance of product use and user behaviour in shaping the success, or otherwise, of design strategies to conserve energy and consumption. en_US
dc.identifier.isbn 9786165515696 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/1959.4/52785
dc.language English
dc.language.iso EN en_US
dc.publisher Design Research Society en_US
dc.rights CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 en_US
dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/au/ en_US
dc.source Legacy MARC en_US
dc.subject.other energy efficiency en_US
dc.subject.other Rebound effect en_US
dc.subject.other Eco-efficiency en_US
dc.title Eco-efficiency rebound effects associated with household energy using products en_US
dc.type Conference Paper en
dcterms.accessRights open access
dspace.entity.type Publication en_US
unsw.accessRights.uri https://purl.org/coar/access_right/c_abf2
unsw.identifier.doi https://doi.org/10.26190/unsworks/69
unsw.publisher.place Bangkok, Thailand en_US
unsw.relation.faculty Other UNSW
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceLocation Bangkok, Thailand en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceName Design Research Society 2012: Bangkok en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceProceedingsTitle Design Research Society 2012: Bangkok en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofconferenceYear 2012 en_US
unsw.relation.ispartofpagefrompageto 623-639 en_US
unsw.relation.originalPublicationAffiliation Park, Miles, UNSW en_US
unsw.subject.fieldofresearchcode 120305 Industrial Design en_US
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