Residential householders' heating and cooling practices and views on energy, adopting new technologies and low temperature geothermal resources : revised final report

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Doody, B.J.; Becker, J.S. 2011 Residential householders' heating and cooling practices and views on energy, adopting new technologies and low temperature geothermal resources : revised final report. Lower Hutt, N.Z.: GNS Science. GNS Science report 2011/14 104 p.

Abstract: Low temperature geothermal resources are various forms of heat energy, generally less than 150ºC, drawn directly from the ground. Although worldwide there are a number of direct uses of these resources including space heating, bathing, domestic heat pumps, and heating greenhouses, such applications in New Zealand are relatively limited. This report presents revised findings from the social scientific component of a Foundation of Research, Science and Technology (FRST) funded project that is examining how to increase energy use from New Zealand’s low temperature geothermal resources. Specifically, this updated report (see Doody & Becker, 2010) presents revised survey results based on the analysis of the combined data from the first and second mail outs of the questionnaire survey. The main aim of our social research was to gain an understanding of the social and cultural factors that will influence the acceptance and use of these resources in residential households. To achieve this we identified four associated objectives: 1. To obtain an appreciation of people’s energy uses, demands and needs 2. To examine people’s knowledge about and understanding of New Zealand’s energy environment 3. To gain an insight into people’s understanding of, and views on, low temperature geothermal resources 4. To attempt to understand how people may be encouraged to adopt low temperature geothermal resources in residential households. (auth/DG)