the impact of lifestyle choices on household energy consumption patterns
Sahakian, Marlyne D.
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This paper explores the link between consumer lifestyle choices and household
electricity consumption in Metro Manila, the Philippines. It addresses the
topic of energy and development through a multi-disciplinary and systemic
approach that combines environmental considerations with a social
understanding of consumption. Consumption tends to be treated at the
geographically bounded level of a nation or a region, whereas certain
consumption patterns stem from globalization or the increased flow of people,
ideas and remittances. Trends in the “west” can influence lifestyle choices in
the “south”, which leads to challenges but also presents opportunities for
transitions towards more sustainable forms of energy consumption.