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A Behavioral Analysis of Peaking in Residential Electrical-Energy Consumers

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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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Effecting Durable Change: A Team Approach to Improve Environmental Behavior in the Household

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Staats, H., Harland, P., & Wilke, H. (2004). Effecting Durable Change: A Team Approach to Improve Environmental Behavior in the Household. Environment and Behavior, 36(3), 341-367.
Interventions for voluntary proenvironmental behavior change usually target a limited number of behaviors and have difficulties in achieving durable change. The EcoTeam Program (E…

A Review of Intervention Studies Aimed at Household Energy Conservation

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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 Longitudinal Study of Informational Interventions to Save Energy in an Office Building

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Staats, H., van-Leeuwen, E., & Wit, A. (2000). A longitudinal study of informational interventions to save energy in an office building. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 33, 1, 101-104.
Investigated whether informational interventions, applied periodically might affect proenvironmental behavior change and long term maintenance of change of office occupants. The i…

The Effect of Tailored Information, Goal Setting, and Tailored Feedback on Household Energy Use, Energy-Related Behaviors, and Behavioral Antecedents

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Abrahamse, W., Steg, L., Vlek, C., & Rothengatter, T. (2007). The effect of tailored information, goal setting, and tailored feedback on household energy use, energy-related behaviors, and behavioral antecedents. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 27(4), 265-276.
In this multidisciplinary study, an Internet-based tool was used to encourage households (N = 189) to reduce their direct (gas, electricity and fuel) and indirect energy use (embe…

Joint Effect of Feedback and Goal Setting on Performance: A Field Study of Residential Energy Conservation

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Becker, L. J. (1978). Joint effect of feedback and goal setting on performance: A field study of residential energy conservation. Journal of Applied Psychology, 63, 4, 428-433.
The facilitating motivational effect of feedback on performance has been attributed by some to difficult goals set in response to feedback. The present experiment attributes this …

Reducing Air Conditioning Waste by Signalling it Is Cool Outside

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Becker, L. J. & Seligman, C. (1978). Reducing air conditioning waste by signalling it is cool outside. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 4, 3, 412-415.
Examined the effects on residential energy consumption of providing homeowners with (1) a signaling device that indicated a conservation opportunity and (2) information feedback a…

Reduction of Residential Consumption of Electricity through Simple Monthly Feedback

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Hayes, S. C., & Cone, J. D. (1981). Reduction of residential consumption of electricity through simple monthly feedback. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 14, 1, 81-88.
Feedback has been widely used in efforts to control the consumption of electricity. Previous efforts, however, have used forms of feedback that seem economically impractical. The …

Reducing Residential Electrical Energy Use: Payments, Information and Feedback

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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…

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