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Energy Performance of Buildings

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Economic Experiments Used for the Evaluation of Building Users’ Energy-Saving Behavior

  • Nieves García MartínAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Systems Engineering, Universitat Jaume I Email author 
  • , Gerardo Sabater-GrandeAffiliated withLaboratorio de Economía Experimental and Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I Email author 
  • , Aurora García-GallegoAffiliated withLaboratorio de Economía Experimental and Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I Email author 
  • , Nikolaos GeorgantzisAffiliated withSchool of Agriculture Policy and Development, University of Reading Email author 
  • , Iván Barreda-TarrazonaAffiliated withLaboratorio de Economía Experimental and Economics Department, Universitat Jaume I Email author 
  • , Enrique BelenguerAffiliated withDepartment of Industrial Systems Engineering, Universitat Jaume I Email author 

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Abstract

Several treatments that could be implemented in the home environment are evaluated with the objective of reaching a more rational and efficient use of energy. We feel that detailed knowledge of energy-consuming behavior is paramount for the development and implementation of new technologies, services, and even policies that could result in more rational energy use. The proposed evaluation methodology is based on the development of economic experiments implemented in an experimental economics laboratory, where the behavior of individuals when making decisions related to energy use in the domestic environment can be tested.