Nine out of ten households in the country measures have already been taken to save electricity consumption, but most did not change the technique, according to a study conducted by a consultant Oh! The panel for Samsung, which he turned Clarin. The survey was conducted among 1,700 people of a wide range from the federal capital, Greater Buenos Aires, Rosario, Cordoba and Mendoza.
The report emphasizes that 3 out of 4 respondents today are more attentive than in 2017 to the consumption of electrical energy, which is in the house. And 90 percent "comply" with measures that allow rational use of energy. But it’s still curious that during homework most often used Generation X (born between 1965 and 1981) and Millennials (born between 1982 and 1994).
For Andrea Haines, an energy efficiency consultant, it is not by chance that in this age group there are representatives of generation X, “people who specialize in achieving balance, as well as who saw the birth of the Internet and technological advances,” and Millennials, “who are very adapted to technology and accustomed to the fact that virtual life is the continuation of real life. "
When it comes to what measures have been taken to save household energy consumption, research shows that 45 percent of the measures taken are active (seeking change) and 55 percent passive (who chooses savings). Do you activate them? 86% installed energy-saving lamps (LED) and 36% bought appliances with greater energy efficiency, which spend less. As part of the liability, 82% turned off the light that was previously turned on, 48% used less air conditioning and 21% reduced the lighting of the washing machine.
The first conclusion of the study is positive, "because 90 percent of people expect rational use of energy," says Diego Poole, director of Samsung's Home Line. "The positive is that most already think about it; Now, what does a consumer mean by care about energy? This is where we go to help consumers be efficient and optimize their spending at the end of the month. ”
Technological engineer Puhl predicts that by 2019 “people will become a little closer to new technologies, such as the Inverter (which has an intelligent system that prevents the engine from shutting down and restarting), thinking about products with a shelf life of at least 10 years, the value of which should not exceed 25 percent in relation to traditional devices. "The price becomes relative due to its quality, durability and what ultimately saves."
Puhl believes that the consumer will be cut off from the old household appliances, “which works, but spends a lot” to turn to new technologies of household appliances. already Takeoff tested. " As it was possible to find out, the total market in 2017 ranged from 7 to 10 percent in the sale of Inverter technology, 20 percent in 2018, and it is estimated that half 30 percent for 2019,
Former Deputy Energy Minister Andrea Heins is very important to raise awareness about effective consumption. "This is what we must incorporate our daily habitsoutside of extreme temperatures (air must be at least 24 degrees) or savings reflected in the bill. We must understand that we are in transition. and that changes should be made. "
A minority of 36 percent of those surveyed purchased equipment with greater energy efficiency, which consumes less. Photo Guillermo Rodriguez Adami.
Within the 36 percent, which are encouraged to invest and upgrade air conditioners, refrigerators and washing machines – which make up the podium of equipment that has priority for change – the majority – according to a study from July to August – "Increasingly, electricity costs are related to the price you have to pay for the product."And it is noted that home effective consumption is a new trend, which is especially growing among the youngest."
The highest-income segment (ABC1) and baby boomers focus on air conditioning, while residents inside do it in the refrigerator and washing machine. And among those who buy, There is a tendency to pay more for products that provide better and cheaper service.For example, 6 out of 10 respondents think about the future of the Smarthome, which will be "connected and smart home."
Haynes does not want to stop the bypass how important is the information in the house“We should try to learn a little more about the fact that the LED lamp is a bit more expensive, but this difference is quickly restored in that we will save in a couple of months, in addition to the fact that we will have a much longer service life.” Such a warning comes to mind that 34 percent of respondents do not know about energy-saving technologies in household appliances. Moreover, only 2 out of 10 know the technology Inverter, which saves up to 35 percent of air conditioning consumption.
Access to information, says Haynes, "is one of the keys for the transition from passive to active consumerBecause if you know what tools you have and how they are used, the user will know what steps to take. Since the light that we do not use is easy to turn off, reduce the use of the washing machine or measure the air; but it takes effort to access information and understanding, for example, What is the technology of Inverter in air conditioners, No Frost in refrigerators and Eco Bubble in washing machines?,
Finally, Haynes acknowledges that homeowners have become more realistic and aware when they take care of household expenses. "But these measures are generated by influence, in this case, economic adaptation, rather than the desire to be more strict, with the exception of a few very altruistic ones, in almost no home these energy efficient efforts will be made free".