What energy and resources are consumed by specific types of household, living situations and settlement? That is a fundamental question that we will endeavour to clarify in our research group based on census data and household surveys. A whole range of interesting effects can be observed relating to the connection between income, size of household, life cycle, ownership structures and contrasts between the city and the country. But at the same time, the question also arises about how energy can be saved. It is our belief that the saving strategies to be selected – distance heating or solar plant, polystyrene insulation or alcoves – must match the way in which the inhabitants live. That is why the term “matching” is used.
Lecture in German.