If yes to Q15, what did you do when you lost heat? (Q15a)





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Contributed date

March 5, 2021 - 11:56am

Critical Commentary

The chart represents the results of Question #15a from the Spring 2020 survey, which asks: “*If yes to Q15* What did you do when you lost heat?” This question aims to understand how respondents reacted when they were faced with disruptions to their heating systems. For the purposes of categorization, the following categories were drawn from the responses collected:

  • Nothing/Wait it out

  • Called someone for help

  • Put on extra layers

  • Use alternative heating source

  • Slept through it

  • Left the home

A total of 30 respondents answered this question. Numbers may add up to more than 30 due to the fact respondents’ answers may have simultaneously reflected more than one category. The responses collected were categorized as follows:

  • 3 respondents did nothing to address the issue or simply waited for the heat to be restored;

  • 15 respondents called someone (landlord, utility company, contractor) to fix the issue;

  • 9 respondents used extra layers (clothing, covers, etc.) to stay warm;

  • 4 respondents used alternative heating sources (fireplace or space heaters) to stay warm;

  • 1 respondent slept through the issue (i.e. being without heat);

  • 2 respondents left their home for the time being.

The data was produced by the Shifting Energy Demands in COVID-19 Survey - Overview, which was administered to 86 people over a six week period in May-June 2020. Visit the Shifting Energy Demands in COVID-19 - Survey Results page to view more data from our survey. The project is approved by Drexel’s IRB.



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Briana Leone, "If yes to Q15, what did you do when you lost heat? (Q15a)", contributed by Briana Leone, The Energy Rights Project, Platform for Experimental Collaborative Ethnography, last modified 31 May 2021, accessed 21 May 2022. https://energyrights.info/content/if-yes-q15-what-did-you-do-when-you-lost-heat-q15a