Behaviour Change Not Climate Change

Posted on 20 December 2019.

While the emphasis in energy efficiency is often on technological solutions, behaviour change is a vital factor in the equation which is often overlooked or dismissed through lack of trust in the results.

There is hard commercial evidence, however, to show that changing behaviours to embed and maintain a good energy culture can easily make savings equal to or in excess of traditional engineered improvements (https://estaenergy.org.uk/resources/member-case-studies/category/behaviour-change). These opportunities to change behaviour are largely ignored, but could prove to be a significant part of the solution.

Behavioural change means saving energy by transforming practices to reduce or avoid consumption.  This includes obvious measures such as turning off devices from lights to air conditioning, setting conditions at the right level or time, and identifying simple low-cost energy improvement projects both for organisations as a whole and the individuals they comprise. But good energy behaviour goes far beyond this: it is about senior management decision-making, standards, policies, plans and, importantly, optimising the technology used.

For more information the opportunities presented by embedding a good energy culture, download the full article written by JRP’s Managing Director for the RICS Property Journal, Jan/Feb 2020, here.