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Why don't households see the light? Explaining the diffusion of compact fluorescent lamps

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  • Mills, Bradford F.
  • Schleich, Joachim

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Many countries are currently considering bans on incandescent light bulbs and other policies to enhance the residential diffusion of energy-saving compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). However the reasons for currently limited diffusion of CFLs are largely unknown. This paper employs a Double Hurdle model to identify distinct barriers to household consideration of CFLs and the subsequent intensity of adoption using a large survey of German households. The results reveal that barriers to CFL consideration are low for all, except households with very low incomes. Further, barriers to CFL consideration are strongly linked to the characteristics of the residences of low-income households. Thus, the greatest potential for increasing the diffusion of CFLs lies not in addressing barriers to consideration, but in augmenting the intensity of household adoption particularly within high income groups. --

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Paper provided by Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI) in its series Working Papers "Sustainability and Innovation" with number S1/2008.

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  1. Mills, Bradford & Schleich, Joachim, 2010. "What's driving energy efficient appliance label awareness and purchase propensity?," Energy Policy, Elsevier, vol. 38(2), pages 814-825, February.
  2. Christian Schubert & Andreas Chai, 2012. "Sustainable Consumption and Consumer Sovereignty," Papers on Economics and Evolution 2012-14, Philipps University Marburg, Department of Geography.
  3. Mills, Bradford & Schleich, Joachim, 2013. "Household transitions to energy efficient lighting," Working Papers "Sustainability and Innovation" S5/2013, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).
  4. Schleich, Joachim & Mills, Bradford & Dütschke, Elisabeth, 2014. "A brighter future? Quantifying the rebound effect in energy efficient lighting," Working Papers "Sustainability and Innovation" S3/2014, Fraunhofer Institute for Systems and Innovation Research (ISI).
  5. Howard Kunreuther & Elke U. Weber, 2014. "Aiding Decision-Making to Reduce the Impacts of Climate Change," NBER Working Papers 19776, National Bureau of Economic Research, Inc.
  6. Chun, Natalie & Jiang, Yi, 2013. "How households in Pakistan take on energy efficient lighting technology," Energy Economics, Elsevier, vol. 40(C), pages 277-284.
  7. Bradford Mills & Joachim Schleich, 2012. "Residential Energy-Efficient Technology Adoption, Energy Conservation, Knowledge, and Attitudes: An Analysis of European Countries," Grenoble Ecole de Management (Post-Print) hal-00805711, HAL.
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