Two New Landmark Building Energy Behavior Case Studies – “Heat Loss Images, Norm Appeals Raise Impacts in Medicine Hat” and “California’s Energy Conservation Competition”

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Jay Kassirer Ottawa March 08, 2021 03:02 PM
Tools of Change has published two new open-access, full-length, Landmark building energy behavior change case studies. Our Landmark case studies are peer-selected to recognize beh…
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Despite a long tradition of effectiveness in laboratory tests, normative messages have had mixed success in changing behavior in field contexts, with some studies showing boomeran…

How Do Socio-demographic and Psychological Factors Relate to Households Direct and Indirect Energy Use and Savings?

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Abrahamse, W. & Steg, L. (2009). How Do Socio-demographic and Psychological Factors Relate to Households Direct and Indirect Energy Use and Savings?. Journal of Economic Psychology, 30, 711-720.
Households constitute an important target group for energy conservation. They not only use energy in a direct way (gas, electricity and fuel) but also in an indirect way (embedded…

Consumer Voices: Adoption of Residential Energy-Efficient Practices

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Niemeyer, S. (2010). Consumer voices: Adoption of residential energy-efficient practices. International Journal of Consumer Studies, 34(2), 140-145. doi:10.1111/j.1470-6431.2009.00841.x.
The purpose of this research is to identify constraining variables that may impinge on adopting energy-efficient practices, materials, equipment and technology in households. The …

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