Diffusion of Energy-Conserving Innovations

Darley, J. M., & Beniger, J. R. (1981). Diffusion of energy-conserving innovations. Journal of Social Issues, 37, 2, 150-171.
Suggests that people's decisions to adopt energy-conserving processes and products is a specific instance of the decision to adopt an innovation. Based on previous research, 8 dim…

Evaluating Acceptability and Effectiveness of Consumer Energy Conservation Programs

Claxton, J. D., Ritchie, J. R., & McDougall, G. H. (1983). Evaluating acceptability and effectiveness of consumer energy conservation programs. Journal of Economic Psychology, 4, 1-2, 71-83.
The Canadian government has recognized the need for programs that accelerate consumer energy conservation efforts. A major concern in these efforts is the identification of conser…

Energy Conservation Behavior: The Difficult Path from Information to Action

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…

The Consequences of Participant Satisfaction with Energy Conservation Programs

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…

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…

Do Consumers Know "What Works" in Energy Conservation?

Kempton, W., Harris, C. K., Keith, J. G., & Weihl, J. S. (1985). Do consumers know "what works" in energy conservation?. Marriage and Family Review, 9, 1-2, 115-133.
Investigated consumer attitudes toward energy conservation (efficiency investments, better management, and curtailment of amenities) by examining consumer bias in comparing measur…

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…

Personal Values and Commitment to Energy Conservation

Neuman, K. (1986). Personal values and commitment to energy conservation. Environment and Behavior, 18, 1, 53-74.
Examined the role values play in people's commitment to energy conservation, using data from 376 households in southern California. An adult member (aged 18+ yrs) of each househol…

Psychology's Role in the Conserving Society

Oskamp, S. (1983). Psychology's role in the conserving society. Population and Environment Behavioral and Social Issues, 6, 4, 255-293.
Reviews the literature on areas of progress in the environmental problems that affect people's lives and behaviors. It is suggested that psychologists and other social scientists …

Public Acceptance of Consumer Energy Conservation Strategies

Olsen, M. E. (1983). Public acceptance of consumer energy conservation strategies. Journal of Economic Psychology, 4, 1-2, 183-196.
Investigated 6 alternative strategies for promoting energy conservation: financial incentives, community programs, efficiency standards, land-use changes, consumption limits, and …

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