Energy Conservation Behavior: The Difficult Path from Information to Action

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Costanzo, M., Archer, D., Aronson, E., & Pettigrew, T. (1986). Energy conservation behavior: The difficult path from information to action. American Psychologist, 41, 5, 521-528.
Presents a social-psychological model of energy-use behavior that draws on behavioral and social research to explain influence processes and behavioral change related to energy co…

Assessing Communication Effects on Energy Conservation

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Craig, C. S. & McCann, J. M. (1978). Assessing communication effects on energy conservation. Journal of Consumer Research, 5, 82-88.
This article presents the results of a field experiment on alternative ways of prompting energy conservation behavior. The source of the communication was found to influence the …

Lifestyle and Home Energy Conservation in the United States: The Poor Accept Lifestyle Cutbacks while the Wealthy Invest in Conservation

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Dillman, D. A., Rosa, E. A., & Dillman, J. J. (1983). Lifestyle and home energy conservation in the United States: The poor accept lifestyle cutbacks while the wealthy invest in conservation. Journal of Economic Psychology, 3, 3-4, 299-315.
Examined data from a general population sample survey of 8,392 households in 10 western states. An index summarizing the extent to which Ss had taken lifestyle cutbacks was somewh…

From Social Psychology to Political Economy: A Model of Energy Use Behavior

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Dholakia, R. R., Dholakia, N., & Firat, A. F. (1983). From social psychology to political economy: A model of energy use behavior. Journal of Economic Psychology, 3, 3-4, 231-247.
Argues that policies designed to affect individual energy-use behavior focus mostly on a limited number of micro (social and psychological), short-run, and easily manipulable vari…

Why Is it So Hard to Sell "Savings" as a Reason for Energy Conservation?

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Feldman, S. (1987). Why is it so hard to sell "savings" as a reason for energy conservation?. Energy Efficiency: Perspectives on Individual behavior, 27-40.

The Consequences of Participant Satisfaction with Energy Conservation Programs

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Goitein, B., & Weinstein, B. (1986). The consequences of participant satisfaction with energy conservation programs. Evaluation Review, 10, 3, 377-384.
Examined the relationship between satisfaction with a residential energy audit and reported subsequent energy conservation behavior in 500 energy audit recipients. Results demonst…

Evaluating Energy Conservation Programs: Is Verbal Report Enough?

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Geller, E. S. (1981). Evaluating energy conservation programs: Is verbal report enough?. Journal of Consumer Research, 8, 3, 331-335.
Obtained questionnaire data from 117 Ss who attended 1 of 7 3-hr energy-conservation workshops. An evaluation of the actual behavioral effects of the workshops was accomplished by…

Using Social Cognition and Persuasion to Promote Energy Conservation: A Quasi-Experiment

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Gonzales, M. H., Aronson, E., & Costanzo, M. A. (1988). Using social cognition and persuasion to promote energy conservation: A quasi-experiment. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 18, 12 (Pt 2), 1049-1066.
Examined whether the effectiveness of a residential conservation service home energy audit program could be improved by training auditors to use social-psychological principles du…

Communication and the Adoption of Energy Conservation Measures by the Elderly

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Griffin, R. J. (1989). Communication and the adoption of energy conservation measures by the elderly. Journal of Environmental Education, 20, 4, 19-28.
Examined the relationship of communication to adoption of energy conservation behavior among homeowners in a community. 813 homeowners participating in the 5-yr study were divided…

Review of Utility Home Energy Audit Programs

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Hirst, E., Berry, L. & Soderstrom, J. (1981). Review of utility home energy audit programs. Energy, 6, 7, 621-630.
Evaluation efforts of utilities with active home energy audit programs were reviewed to provide insights into the operations and effectiveness of existing utility home energy audi…

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