Energy Consumption Towards a Better Future: Knowledge Practice and Attitude of college students in UAEU
Energy exists in many different forms such as light energy, heat energy, mechanical energy, gravitational energy, electrical energy, sound energy, chemical energy, Nuclear or atomic energy and so on. These forms of energy can be relocated and converted between one another. When source of energy ends up as electricity, it moves with many transformations before it can power the light bulb. The aim of this study was to explore the level of student’s awareness on the importance of saving energy as well as to investigate knowledge practice and attitude towards energy consumption. Quantitative and qualitative methods were used to collect the data through interview among students of the United Arab Emirates University (UAEU) in Al Ain. Secondary data were collected from Al Ain Municipality. The first outcome of the research was the key cause of overuse of energy consumption is a lack of awareness. The second was that consumers are unable to assess whether their consumption is low, average or high and lastly most of the respondents understand how the energy consumption effects the environment and they will try their best to help manage and control this issue.
Overall the results show the negative effects of overuse of energy consumption to our environment and suggest that to bridge the gap; human beings should change their behavior to save our environment. Therefore, major challenge will be to introduce a set of uniform energy policies to address specific constraints to the household adoption of energy conservation practices.