DEVELOPMENT OF INITIATIVES FOR ENERGY EFFICIENT RESIDENTIAL BUILDINGS IN IMO STATE, NIGERIA.

AUTHOR: ONYEKWENA TOBECHUKWU

DEPARTMENT: BUILDING

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

The cost of energy consumed in residential buildings in Imo State, Nigeria is currently beyond the reach of the average occupier. To ascertain the extent of developing initiatives towards energy efficiency in such buildings so as to bring down energy cost in Imo State, the Researcher carried out a survey using questionnaire as instrument for data collection. The sample population was nine hundred construction workers and residents from six major towns in Imo State and data was collected from six hundred respondents, organized using ranking, frequency tables and percentages and used for data analysis. The research revealed that adequate energy efficient strategies are not employed in residential buildings in Imo State and most owners and occupiers are not aware of savings they can make in their energy bill through use of energy saving devices and fittings. The study considered solar energy systems, wind energy systems etc as cheaper alternative sources of energy for residential buildings than the traditional methods. It concludes that development of initiatives in renewable energy sources will produce cheaper energy and so recommends that Nigerian government should initiate policies to develop these renewable sources towards energy efficiency in residential buildings in Nigeria, and educate the populace on how their behavioural attitudes can save energy in residential buildings.

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