Behavioral Interventions in Resource Conservation: A System Approach Based on Behavioral Economics

Winkler, R. C., & Winett, R. A. (1982). Behavioral interventions in resource conservation: A system approach based on behavioral economics. American Psychologist, 37, 4, 421-435.
Outlines some of the advantages of an integration of psychological (social-learning) and economic conceptualizations when developing behavioral interventions in resource conservat…

Folk Quantification of Energy

Kempton, W., & Montgomery, L. (1982). Folk quantification of energy. Energy, 7, 10, 817-827.
Consumers use simplified measurements as a basis for residential energy decisions. We analyze their measurements of monthly consumption, changes through time, comparison of appl…

Comparing the Effects of Monetary Incentives and Foot-in-the-Door Strategies in Promoting Residential Electricity Conservation

Katzev, R. D., & Johnson, T. R. (1984). Comparing the effects of monetary incentives and foot-in-the-door strategies in promoting residential electricity conservation. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 14, 1, 12-27.
Investigated the relative effectiveness of incentive (monetary) and minimal justification (foot-in-the-door) techniques in promoting electrical energy conservation among 90 homeow…

A Social-Psychological Analysis of Residential Electricity Consumption: The Impact of Minimal Justification Techniques

Katzev, R. D., & Johnson, T. R. (1983). A social-psychological analysis of residential electricity consumption: The impact of minimal justification techniques. Journal of Economic Psychology, 3, 3-4, 267-284.
Explored the impact of the foot-in-the-door technique on residential energy conservation. 66 homeowners were asked to curtail their consumption of electricity by 10%. In the foot-…

Facing the Greenhouse Effect: Communication about Energy in Germany

Henschel, C. & Wiedemann, P. M. (1993). Facing the greenhouse effect: Communication about energy in Germany. Technology in Society, 15, 301-310.
Energy policy in Germany has been characterized by an irreconcilable debate about nuclear power and the potentials of renewable energy sources and energy-saving activities for mor…

Effects of Television Modeling on Residential Energy Conservation

Winett, R. A., Leckliter, I. N., Chinn, D. E., Stahl, B., & Love, S. Q. (1985). Effects of television modeling on residential energy conservation. Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 18, 1, 33-44.
A combination of social marketing, communication, social learning (particularly modeling), and behavior analysis may provide an effective framework for behavior change via films a…

Reducing Energy Consumption: The Long-Term Effects of a Single TV Program

Winett, R. A., Leckliter, I. N., Chinn, D. E., & Stahl, B. (1984). Reducing energy consumption: The long-term effects of a single TV program. Journal of Communication, 34, 3, 37-51.
Investigated the effects of the delivery of a program through a cable TV system's public access channel on the consumer energy use of 150 households. The 20-min program emphasized…

Barriers to Consumer Choice of Energy Efficient Products

Anderson, C. D. & Claxton, J. D. (1982). Barriers to consumer choice of energy efficient products. Journal of Consumer Research, 9, 2, 163-170.
Explored barriers that deter consumers from making energy conserving choices when buying major durables. Refrigerator energy labels and sales staff emphasis were manipulated in an…

Prompting Thermostat Setting Behavior: Public Response to a Presidential Appeal for Conservation

Luyben, P. D. (1982). Prompting thermostat setting behavior: Public response to a presidential appeal for conservation. Environment and Behavior, 14, 1, 113-128.
Surveyed 419 residents door-to-door and by telephone to obtain readings of thermostat settings immediately after President Carter's 1977 appeal to conserve energy. Results show th…

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 …

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