Grant: 5 674 000 sek
Duration: January 2015 - June 2018
Funder: Swedish Energy Agency
Project manager and contact: Andrius Kazukauskas

A large literature argues that firms and households are not energy efficient and would therefore be able to reduce their energy use and costs. In the project report for SEA (Dnr 2013-003213) we have provided a rationale for policy makers to act on improving energy efficiency. The overarching purpose of this project is to bring the discussion on inefficiencies in energy use from theory to practical application. To accomplish this we will investigate inefficiencies in energy use relating to split-incentives and inattention. Social ‘nudges’ are one example of policy instruments which may have a significant impact on energy use. In this project we intend to implement a field experiment (in partnership with AB Bostaden in Umeå) which could help us to answer the question of how social norms affect energy use among Swedish households. We also plan to use survey data to study inattention and data from energy certifications of multi-dwelling buildings to study the split-incentives problem.