Psychological Research for the New Energy Problems: Strategies and Opportunities

Kempton, W., Darley, J. M., & Stern, P. C. (1992). Psychological research for the new energy problems: Strategies and opportunities. American Psychologist, 47, 10, 1213-1223.
Recent concern with environmental problems has rekindled interest in energy conservation. To illustrate how psychologists can make useful contributions and how a changed energy si…

Review of Utility Home Energy Audit Programs

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…

Reducing Residential Electrical Energy Use: Payments, Information and Feedback

Hayes, S. C., & Cone, J. D. (1977). Reducing residential electrical energy use: Payments, information and feedback. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 10, 3, 425-435.
Monetary payments, energy information, and daily feedback on consumption were employed to reduce electricity use in 4 units of an 80-unit university student housing complex for ma…

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

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.

Household Income, Electricity Use, and Rate-Structure Preferences

Blocker, T. J. & Koski, P. R. (1984). Household income, electricity use, and rate-structure preferences. Environment and Behavior, 16, 5, 551-572.
Explores the relationship between household income, present electricity use, and preferences for 3 proposed conservation-promoting electricity-rate structures, using data on 852 h…

Personal and Contextual Influences on Household Energy Adaptations

Black, J. S., Stern, P. C. & Elworth, J. T. (1985). Personal and contextual influences on household energy adaptations. Journal of Applied Psychology, 70, 1, 3-21.
Examined the interactive effects of economic, demographic, structural, and psychological variables on 4 behaviorally distinct types of reported conservation response involving ene…

A Group Contingency for Electricity Conservation in Master-Metered Apartments

Slavin, R., Wodarski, J., & Blackburn, B. (1981, September). A group contingency for electricity conservation in master-metered apartments. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 14(3), 357-363.
In Study 1, residents of 166 apartment units in 3 towers held meetings and received biweekly payments of the value of electricity saved compared to predicted use. Overall, residen…

Why are Energy Policies Acceptable and Effective?

Steg, L., Dreijerink, L., & Abrahamse, W. (2006). Why are Energy Policies Acceptable and Effective?. Environment and Behavior, 38(1), 92-111.
This article examines which policy features affect the perceived effectiveness and acceptability of pricing policies aimed to reduce CO-sub-2 emissions. A survey study was conduct…

A Review of Intervention Studies Aimed at Household Energy Conservation

Abrahamse, W., Steg, L., Vlek, C., & Rothengatter, T. (2005). A review of intervention studies aimed at household energy conservation. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 25(3), 273-291.
This article reviews and evaluates the effectiveness of interventions aiming to encourage households to reduce energy consumption. Thirty-eight studies performed within the field …

A Behavioral Analysis of Peaking in Residential Electrical-Energy Consumers

Kohlenberg, R., Phillips, T., & Proctor, W. (1976). A behavioral analysis of peaking in residential electrical-energy consumers. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 9(1), 13-18.
Investigated the peaking phenomenon, the tendency for electrical energy users to consume at high rates for brief periods during the day, by analyzing the electrical energy consumi…
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