Voluntary Response to Energy Conservation Appeals

Walker, J. M. (1980). Voluntary response to energy conservation appeals. Journal of Consumer Research, 7, 1, 88-92.
Reviews studies that support the hypothesis that there would be a voluntary reduction in residential energy use following the Arab oil embargo. The extent to which this reduction …

The Remorseless Working of Things: A Common Tragedy in Environmental Resource Management

Harris, C. L. (1979). The remorseless working of things: A common tragedy in environmental resource management. EDRA: Environmental Design Research Association, 10, 431-435.
Tested the hypothesis that a territorialized resource pool avoids the social trap of wasting energy. A field investigation of apartment, townhouse, and single-family home dwellers…

Thermal Comfort and Strategies for Energy Conservation

Rohles, F. H. (1981). Thermal comfort and strategies for energy conservation. Journal of Social Issues, 37, 2, 132-149.
Posits that human response to the thermal environment depends on 7 variables: air temperature, relative humidity, mean radiant temperature, air velocity, clothing, physical activi…

"Consciousness" in Energy Conservation Behavior: An Exploratory Study

Heslop, L. A., Moran, L. & Cousineau, A. (1981). "Consciousness" in energy conservation behavior: An exploratory study. Journal of Consumer Research, 8, 3, 299-305.
An analysis of 6 yrs of electricity consumption in Canada, along with questionnaire data, highlights the importance of household characteristics and family size in predicting elec…

House Characteristics and the Effectiveness of Energy Conservation Measures

Clark, Kim E; Berry, David (1995). House characteristics and the effectiveness of energy conservation measures. Journal of the American Planning Association , 61, 386-395.
Many communities are engaged in residential energy conservation programs. However, there is little documentation on how the effectiveness of such conservation programs varies w…

Seeking Information: Power Meter Loans Through Libraries

Agnes Camacho December 09, 2008 06:25 AM
Hi, I am looking for information from those who have established a program that entails a borrowing system for power meters through a library. The idea being; member…

Social Norms: An Underestimated and Underemployed Lever for Managing Climate Change

Griskevicius,V., Cialdini, R.B., and Goldstein, N.J. (2008). Social Norms: An Underestimated and Underemployed Lever for Managing Climate Change. International Journal for Sustainability Communication, 3, 5-13.
It is widely recognized that communications that make social norms salient can be effective in influencing behavior. What is surprising, given the strength of the evidence, is how…

Influencing User Behaviour With Energy Information Display Systems for Intelligent Homes

Wood G., & Newborough M. (2007). Influencing User Behaviour with Energy Information Display Systems for Intelligent Homes. Int. J. Energy Res., 31, 56-78.
This paper considers the design of energy consumption displays from a theoretical standpoint in relation to user-appliance interactions in the home. It presents the main options f…

Dormitory Residents Reduce Electricity Consumption when Exposed to Real-Time Visual Feedback and Incentives

Petersen, J., Shunturov, V., Janda, K., Platt, G., & Weinberger, K. (2007). Dormitory Residents Reduce Electricity Consumption when Exposed to Real-Time Visual Feedback and Incentives. International Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education, 8(1), 16.
Purpose: In residential buildings, personal choices influence electricity and water consumption. Prior studies indicate that information feedback can stimulate resource conservati…

Consumers' Attitudes Toward Energy Conservation

Olsen, M. (1981). Consumers' Attitudes Toward Energy Conservation. Journal of Social Issues, 37(2), 108.
Discusses the finding that there are not strong links between energy-related attitudes and behaviors such as conservation support and actions. Proposes that appropriate energy-rel…

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