Energy efficiency and appliance’s characteristics considered prior to purchase: differences and similarities between the United Kingdom, Germany, Portugal, Greece, Poland, Spain and Italy

Rui Gaspar*, Dalila Antunes

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Abstract

This article reports country differences in the consumer’s most considered characteristics when choosing electrical appliances, including but not restricted to the energy efficiency aspect. A survey was performed to store customers from 7 countries: the United Kingdom; Germany; Portugal; Greece; Poland; Spain; Italy. Results showed consistency between countries in the top three characteristics considered: cost; quality; and a balance between price and quality. Differences were found for reported environmental attitudes and behaviours, purchase motives, and store employees evaluation. The results may support national policies and store level energy efficiency interventions. Specifically, they can provide input for store employee’s training, in persuading customers towards the purchase of energy efficient appliances.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)546-555
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Green Energy
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2016
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Country comparison
  • Decision making efficiency
  • Electrical appliances choice

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