Norman Smith Wellington May 5, 2008 7:45 am

During a short term electricity shortage the vast majority of people respond by "turning off" and think carefully about using less, with 10-20% savings often achieved. However, experience shows that after the crisis has past consumption steadily and inexorably returns to previous levels. As someone who has been involved with savings campaigns I'm aware that everybody relaxes when supply returns to normal, but it seems to me this is an ideal time to make an extra effort and "lock in" the behavioral change and the savings. Has anyone had any experience in delivering such a follow-up programme?

Kakite ano Norman Smith,
Wellington New Zealand.