New data from the Science in Society Monitor published on Nòva 24 – Il Sole 24 Ore
The sensitivity of Italian citizens towards energy saving issues remains high, as well as their general willingness to engage in behaviours aimed at reducing energy consumption. About eight out of ten Italians – a slightly increasing percentage – claim to be using low-consumption light bulbs and more than half of them say that they have reduced the temperature of their homes, replacing windows and frames in order to reduce heat dispersion. The number of citizens potentially available to purchase energy-efficient appliances is also quite high (about 45% have already purchased and about 48% are available to do so), whereas installing solar panels is still not common. Compared to 2008 data, however, a slight decrease can be observed in some practical behaviours aimed at energy saving, such as reducing house temperature, especially among the youngsters. A possible hypothesis is that the sectors of the population most sensitive to the issue have already been “saturated” during the past few years; another, perhaps simpler, is that the rigours of last winter have discouraged some from saving energy.
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Read the article published on Nòva 24 – Il Sole 24 Ore, by Lorenzo Beltrame.
The Science in Society Monitor is an initiative by Observa – Science in Society, supported by Compagnia di San Paolo.
CATI survey conducted on a sample of 985 subjects, stratified by gender, age and geographical area of residence, representative of the Italian population aged 15 and over.