The Value of Incentives in Stimulating Energy Conservation

Hutton, R. B., & McNeill, D. L. (1981). The value of incentives in stimulating energy conservation. Journal of Consumer Research, 8, 3, 291-298.
In the fall of 1979, the US Department of Energy implemented the Low Cost/No Cost Energy Conservation Program in 6 New England states. Results of a telephone survey of 1,811 house…

Feedback as a Means of Decreasing Residential Energy Consumption

Seligman, C., & Darley, J. M. (1977). Feedback as a means of decreasing residential energy consumption. Journal of Applied Psychology, 62, 4, 363-368.
Tested the hypothesis that providing immediate feedback to homeowners concerning their daily rate of electricity usage would be effective in reducing electricity consumption. In t…

Household Behavior and the Use of Natural Gas for Home Heating

Verhallen, T. M., & Van Raaij, W. F. (1981). Household behavior and the use of natural gas for home heating. Journal of Consumer Research, 8, 3, 253-257.
Investigated the factors that determine energy use for home heating. Household behavior and home characteristics were the major determinants, whereas attitudes were of minor impor…

Tax Credits as a Means of Influencing Consumer Behavior

Pitts, R. E., & Wittenbach, J. L. (1981). Tax credits as a means of influencing consumer behavior. Journal of Consumer Research, 8, 3, 335-338.
Examined the impact of the Residential Energy Conservation Tax Credit via telephone survey in a midwestern city; 146 individuals participated. Results suggest that the Tax Credit …

Household Energy Use in a Political Context

Stern, P. C. (1985). Household energy use in a political context. Marriage and Family Review, 9, 1-2, 15-27.
Contends, based on a study by the present author and E. Aronson (1984), that the way the society thinks about energy is an important part of the policy context. It is suggested th…

Information and Energy Conservation

Seligman, C. (1985). Information and energy conservation. Marriage and Family Review, 9, 1-2, 135-149.
Examines reasons why consumers are not saving as much energy and money as they can using research on the psychology of the energy consumer. The information consumers have and need…

Commitment and Energy Conservation

Neuman, K. (1986). Personal values and commitment to energy conservation. Environment and Behavior, 18, 1, 53-74.
Discusses the process by which the authors became involved in energy conservation (EC) research, explores practical issues about EC, and discusses several sets of data concerning …

Reducing Household Energy Consumption: A Qualitative and Quantitative Field Study

Brandon, G. & Lewis, A. (1999). Reducing household energy consumption: A qualitative and quantitative field study. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 19, 1, 75-85.
Investigated the effect of feedback conditions, income constraints, behavioural/structural aspects, environmental attitudes, and socio-demographics on energy consumption for 120 h…

A Self-Instructional Manual for Installing Low-Cost/No-Cost Weatherization Materials: Experimental Validation with Scouts

Pavlovich, M. & Greene, B. F. (1984). A self-instructional manual for installing low-cost/no-cost weatherization materials: Experimental validation with scouts. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 17, 1, 105-109.
Compared a weatherization and retrofit manual developed using task analysis, field testing, and revision with instructions contained in an existing weatherization product by havin…

Prompting Thermostat Setting Behavior: Public Response to a Presidential Appeal for Conservation

Luyben, P. D. (1982). Prompting thermostat setting behavior: Public response to a presidential appeal for conservation. Environment and Behavior, 14, 1, 113-128.
Surveyed 419 residents door-to-door and by telephone to obtain readings of thermostat settings immediately after President Carter's 1977 appeal to conserve energy. Results show th…

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