Advertising and the Department of Energy's Campaign for Energy Conservation

Hutton, R. R. (1982). Advertising and the Department of Energy's campaign for energy conservation. Journal of Advertising, 11, 2, 27-39.

Motivating consumers to conserve energy has proven to be a difficult task in the United States. One tactic that has been used on a limited basis by the Department of Energy is paid advertising. This paper examines the role of conservation within the country's broader energy problems, delineates several consumer issues that affect the success of government conservation programs, discusses the controversy surrounding the use of paid advertising to promote consumer conservation efforts, and describes those DOE programs that have used paid advertising as an integral component of conservation program strategy.

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