Accuracy of Self-Reports: Energy Conservation Surveys

Hirst, E., & Goeltz, R. (1985). Accuracy of self-reports: Energy conservation surveys. Social Science Journal, 22, 1, 19-30.

Data from both household surveys and utility records were used to assess the accuracy of household reports of energy-related attributes and behaviors. Findings from 3 evaluations of home energy audit programs in the Pacific Northwest, Minnesota, and Connecticut show that, except for estimates of house size, households were generally accurate in reporting their house characteristics. Self-reports of recent conservation actions were less accurate. (11 ref)

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