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Initial effects of a community-based initiative for energy saving: an experimental analysis

Initial effects of a community-based initiative for energy saving: an experimental analysis
Initial effects of a community-based initiative for energy saving: an experimental analysis
Can community-based behavioural intervention reduce energy use in the home? We report on initial data from an ongoing matched case and control field experiment on energy saving. Household energy use in 175 households is measured using monitoring equipment, recording electrical power consumption and temperature. Participants in treatment and control groups received improvements to the thermal insulation of their homes. A behavioural intervention in the treatment group began with a 2 hour workshop on energy saving led by a community-based environmental group. We find some evidence of reductions in electrical power over the period of analysis, compared to the estimated counterfactual, but no evidence of reduced spatial heating or baseload power. The data are consistent with a substantial effect lasting over 3 months, although this cannot be inferred with confidence because of high variance. We explore the policy implications of the finding that a relatively modest level of community intervention has potentially substantial impact on energy use.
energy saving, behaviour change, field experiment
University of Southampton
Bardsley, N.
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Buchs, M.
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James, P.A.
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Rushby, T.
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Saunders, C.
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Smith, G.
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Bardsley, N.
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Bardsley, N., Buchs, M., James, P.A., Papafragrou, A., Rushby, T., Saunders, C., Smith, G., Wallbridge, R. and Woodman, N. (2013) Initial effects of a community-based initiative for energy saving: an experimental analysis University of Southampton 18pp.

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Abstract

Can community-based behavioural intervention reduce energy use in the home? We report on initial data from an ongoing matched case and control field experiment on energy saving. Household energy use in 175 households is measured using monitoring equipment, recording electrical power consumption and temperature. Participants in treatment and control groups received improvements to the thermal insulation of their homes. A behavioural intervention in the treatment group began with a 2 hour workshop on energy saving led by a community-based environmental group. We find some evidence of reductions in electrical power over the period of analysis, compared to the estimated counterfactual, but no evidence of reduced spatial heating or baseload power. The data are consistent with a substantial effect lasting over 3 months, although this cannot be inferred with confidence because of high variance. We explore the policy implications of the finding that a relatively modest level of community intervention has potentially substantial impact on energy use.

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Published date: August 2013
Keywords: energy saving, behaviour change, field experiment
Organisations: Faculty of Social, Human and Mathematical Sciences, Faculty of Engineering and the Environment

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Local EPrints ID: 358212
URI: https://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/358212
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ORCID for N. Woodman: ORCID iD orcid.org/0000-0002-5571-0451

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Date deposited: 15 Oct 2013 13:25
Last modified: 06 Jun 2018 12:38

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Author: N. Bardsley
Author: M. Buchs
Author: P.A. James
Author: A. Papafragrou
Author: T. Rushby
Author: C. Saunders
Author: G. Smith
Author: R. Wallbridge
Author: N. Woodman ORCID iD

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