Understanding the energy consumption choices and coping mechanisms of fuel poor households in New Zealand
McKague, Fatima; Lawson, Rob; Scott, Michelle; Wooliscroft, Ben
One in four households in New Zealand are fuel poor. A growing body of evidence links the technical and economic aspects of this phenomenon, however comparatively little research has focused on the wider social impacts. The behavioural and social interactions associated with fuel poverty have not taken centre stage in the literature. This study presents, through fuel poor households’ voices, the realities of living in energy hardship, and the impact on day to day lives. Our research finds that fuel poverty impacts widely on the quality of life of participants, and highlights the barriers and support systems in place that may hinder or help their circumstances. This in depth, multi-faceted portrayal of fuel poverty will aid in policy development and contribute to efforts to curtail fuel poverty in New Zealand.
Publisher: Journal of the Sociological Association of Aotearoa (NZ)
Rights Statement: Copyright the authors
Keywords: fuel poverty; energy hardship; lived experiences of fuel poverty; energy cultures
Research Type: Journal Article
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