• 11 May, 2018

Sociological and institutional aspects in energy efficiency

What are the factors influencing the interplay between social status, norms, governance and the choice to renovate buildings and apply solar cells technology? What are the social and institutional conditions necessary to foster social response to energy efficiency policies, the social determinants of novel operational knowledge and the role of knowledge? You can find an answer to these questions by reading the new penny report!

  • 07 May, 2018

Energy literacy and the level of energy efficiency

In this new PENNY report we empirically analyse the level of efficiency in the use of electricity for a sample of households in three different European countries, using a stochastic frontier approach. We also test if the level of energy-related financial literacy plays a role in explaining the level of electricity consumption and the level of the frontier function.

  • 07 May, 2018

Energy efficient behaviour and the underlying processes

Is the Value-Identity-Personal norm model supported by the data collected in three different European countries? Moreover, does the perceived corporate environmental responsibility (CER) of the energy utility motivate sustainable energy behaviours through an influence on social norms or an influcne on personal norms? You can find an answer to these questions by reading the new penny report!

  • 20 April, 2018

Are we literate enough to choose a new washing machine?

Economists claim that there is a so-called “energy efficiency gap”. What they mean is that many households do not invest in new and more energy-efficient appliances, although this would be financially beneficial for them. In other words: every day millions of people do not see and pick the low hanging fruits of energy-efficiency improvements growing along their way. Several possible explanations have been considered for the existence of the “energy-efficiency gap”, among them various market and behavioural failures such as missing information, liquidity constraints, subjective discount rates and risk aversion, just to name a few. Another possible reason for people to not see and pick the low-hanging fruits is associated with the lack of a specific form of literacy.

  • 05 April, 2018

FEEM Working Paper

The first results of the Penny project are available in the FEEM Working Paper 2018 .008: "Internal and External Barriers to Energy Efficiency: Made-to-Measure Policy Interventions".

  • 18 January, 2018

EU Green Week

The next edition of The EU Green Week will explore ways in which the EU is helping cities to become better places to live and work. As part of the EU Green Week, a a high level conference will.

  • 21 November, 2017

First Newsletter

The first Penny Newsletter is online. The Newsletter presents some highlights from the first year of the PENNY project. It summarizes the main insights from the assessment of energy-efficient policies and interventions, it describes what drives the acceptability of fossil energy saving measures and the hidden motivations behind energy-saving and initiatives to reduce energy-use.

  • 16 November, 2017


5th European Conference on Behaviour and Energy Efficiency BEHAVE 2018 will be held from the 5th to the 7th September 2018 in Zurich, Switzerland.