Household energy resilience: Shifting perspectives to reveal opportunities for renewable energy futures in affluent contexts
Artikel i vetenskaplig tidskrift, 2022

Energy resilience is an important focus for energy policy and research, since the energy system is increasingly facing challenges such as power shortages, e.g. due to increased renewable energy production, and risks of power outages caused by extreme weathers. Typically, energy resilience in these contexts focuses on infrastructure and securing supply of electricity despite disturbances. This paper contributes a complementary perspective on resilience, which takes households as a starting point for investigating resilience. Building on understandings of resilience from several disciplines, we suggest a definition of household energy resilience that can be used to explore how households can ensure a good life in a future with variable availability of electricity. Furthermore, we draw on current ideas of future domestic energy use in energy affluent contexts (backup energy sources, energy efficiency, flexibility, and energy sufficiency) to create a framework for exploring household energy resilience. We find a potential for diversity within and between the different ideas, that is not always present in mainstream visions of future energy use. With the perspective of household energy resilience, we wish to challenge the perception of electricity demand as non-negotiable and to reveal opportunities for supporting households in becoming more resilient in an uncertain future.

Demand-side flexibility

Energy futures


Energy resilience

Renewable Energy



Hanna Hasselqvist

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design & Human Factors

Sara Renström

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Helena Strömberg

Chalmers, Industri- och materialvetenskap, Design & Human Factors

Maria Håkansson

RISE Research Institutes of Sweden

Energy Research and Social Science

22146296 (ISSN)

Vol. 88 102498

Design för en energiresilient vardag

HSB Living Lab, 2019-12-01 -- 2022-04-15.

Energimyndigheten (49807-1), 2019-12-01 -- 2021-12-31.


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