Identifying effective communication strategies to promote conservation of water in social housing through interaction with tenants

Mehreen Gul, Gillian Menzies

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Abstract

Reduced demand for water and energy is key to supplying them more sustainably and less carbon intensively; it is critical in a transition to a low carbon society. To achieve success with water efficiency, it is important to combine awareness raising, behavioural motivators, technological progress and innovation. To target water efficiency measures effectively it is necessary to communicate the right messages to different consumer groups. This study aims to elicit and understand the attitudes and motivations of housing association tenants towards water use in their homes. Interviews were conducted with housing association tenants to gain an understanding of water use, the need to conserve water and motivation issues behind water conservation. It is said that water is taken for granted as it is readily available at taps and the only way that this attitude be changed is by having a limited supply or by making use of water meters so that people pay for what they use. During this investigation a number of issues are identified which should be considered in devising an effective communication strategy for promoting water efficiency in social housing tenants.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)29-40
Number of pages12
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainability Policy and Practice
Volume11
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2015

Keywords

  • Communication strategies
  • Social housing
  • Water consumption

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Renewable Energy, Sustainability and the Environment
  • Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
  • Geography, Planning and Development
  • Sociology and Political Science

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