Team of the EU-funded PubLiCity project compared results of public opinion surveys in Polotsk in 2016 in 2019 to find out whether energy saving habits of the Polotsk residents have changed over the course of four years when the project had just started.
First survey was held in 2016 and gathered responses from over three thousand people. In 2019, we collected 1315 responses; the respondents could either participate in the survey online or fill in printed questionnaire copies.
Survey results show that Polotsk residents now tend to save more energy in their everyday life and think more about the environment. In 2019, 85.96% respondents answered ‘yes’ to a question whether they try to save energy at home. In 2016, only 79.40% people said they were trying to make their life more energy efficient.
Polotsk residents are now more conscious of the benefits of energy efficient lighting. In 2019, 32.31% respondents said that they have replaced all light bulbs for energy saving or LED ones; in 2016, their number was 23.55%.
When it comes to energy saving, Polotsk residents are still motivated mostly by financial benefits (59.77% in 2016 and 69.51% in 2019). However, more people are switching to energy efficient modes of behavior because they think about the environment. In 2016, only 17.83% were anxious about the impact of their lifestyle on the environment, while in 2019 this number has grown to 31.19%.
People in Polotsk also show progress in water saving. In 2019, 67.46% respondents said that they try to spend less time in shower, versus 59.27% in 2016. Also, 62.90% respondents answered ‘yes’ to a question whether they turn off the water while brushing teeth, washing dishes, vegetables and fruit; in 2016, only 51.07% said they had this habit.
On another note, people in Polotsk are now more ready to choose walking and biking over private cars. In 2016, 15.77% respondents were willing to say no to a private car in order to save resources; in 2019, their number has grown to 30.79%.
Still, not every habit is easy to give up, especially when it comes to a certain standard of comfort. The survey results show that Polotsk residents have become more frequent users of microwave ovens (74.90% responses in 2016 versus 78.55%) and electric heaters (33.63% in 2016 versus 44.80% in 2019).
Respondents who are willing to change their lifestyle habits shared some interesting tips. If you want to save energy, try teaching your kid to take shower instead of bath every day, create light zoning in your apartment, check your wiring, install lighting with movement sensors, spend less time playing games on your phone or tablet, or simply go to bed earlier.
Results of the 2016 and 2019 surveys show that Polotsk residents have become more responsible in terms of saving resources. They are now ready to change their habits, adopt a more energy efficient lifestyle, and take care not only of their budget, but also of environment. To a large extent, this change is due to constant awareness raising activities as part of the Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy – most importantly, such annual events as Energy Days and Mobility Week.
Full results of the public opinion surveys in 2016 and 2019 in Russian are available here.
Public opinion surveys are part of the PubLiCity project that aims to modernize public lighting in the city of Polotsk. The project is implemented by Polack Executive Committee and Interakcia Foundation and is funded by the European Union under the EU4Energy initiative.
Modernization of public lighting takes place within PubLiCity project that is funded by the European Union under the EU4Energy initiative. The project is implemented by Polack Executive Committee and Interakcia Foundation.
The EU4Energy Initiative covers all EU support to improve energy supply, security and connectivity, as well as to promote energy efficiency and the use of renewables in the Eastern Partner countries Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine. It does this by financing projects and programmes that help to reform energy markets and to reduce national energy dependence and consumption. Over the longer term, this makes energy supply more reliable, transparent and affordable, thus reducing energy poverty and energy bills for both citizens and the private sector. More information on: www.EU4Energy.eu.
This publication has been produced with the assistance of the European Union in the framework of the EU4Energy Initiative. The contents are the sole responsibility of Local Foundation for Promotion of International Dialogue and Cooperation ‘Interakcia’ and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the European Union.