With an evolving set of customer offerings—energy efficiency (EE), alternative fuel vehicles, demand response, and the like—many utilities are realizing that they may require better, different, or more communication.
What’s not efficient is the use of energy by students in newer dorms.
Data compiled by Facilities Management and analyzed by the Office for Campus Sustainability shows that some of the newest dorms on campus produce the most green house gas emissions per student than the older dorms on campus.
It’s worth noting that there are other views of the situation. Late last week I talked with University of Toronto professor Danny Harvey, author of a set of comprehensive textbooks on energy demand and clean energy supply. He says Baksi/Green’s conclusion on energy intensity is “complete nonsense.” He’s done some detailed modeling and believes that “between now and 2050, we can average 3 or 4 percent [decline in global energy intensity] a year,” and thereby reducing total energy use. The efforts required would be heroic, but within the realm of possibility.
The reality is energy efficiency poses more challenges than it addresses right now and, without new inventions, we’re unlikely to be able to tackle them with the urgency required. As Clare Hanmer, Technology Strategy manager at Carbon Trust Innovations, puts it: "There are so many barriers to energy efficiency. It’s not that anyone is missing a trick, it’s just a huge complex problem. You may overcome one barrier, but other barriers get in the way."
Home energy saving devices at a library near you. The 'Track and Save' program seeks to educate Arkansans about residential energy use and to ultimately influence Arkansans to reduce energy and save money at home by unplugging electronics...
What’s in it for us? reflects on the learning from the workshop and how they build on the lessons and recommendations from What’s in it for me? Key insights relate to the challenge of segmentation, the importance of learning on the job and need to consider the method of communication, as well as the message itself.
With the relationship between utilities and their customers changing in unprecedented ways, new companies are deploying vast amounts of data and social psychology techniques to try to persuade people to use less electricity in their homes.
“The Behavior Program Summary documents a total of 160 programs that the respondents considered to be behavior change, and 90 related evaluations, underway at 61 organizations. While respondents were allowed to select multiple sectors for each program, 56 percent of the programs reported were residential sector-focused, while another 28 percent targeted the commercial sector and 11 percent focused on the industrial sector.”
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Utilities have begun to experiment with pilot programs that embody a behavioral approach. These programs are designed to change consumer behavior towards energy consumption, resulting in load reduction. Such behavioral approaches include any program that initiates a change in behavior that doesn't require a widget or a rebate on a "widget-based" program. A behavioral approach is not technology based.
When New Yorker writer David Owen moved his family from Manhattan to a small town in northwestern Connecticut in 1985, it seemed like a green decision. Their tree-shaded house had been built in the 1700s and sat across from a nature preserve. Deer, wild turkeys and even bears could be seen in their yard; woods surrounded their neighborhood. It was a bucolic country existence, something out of a nature poem.
Yet for the global environment, the move was a minidisaster. The Owens' electricity consumption went up more than sevenfold, and the lack of both public transportation and dense housing that's typical of Connecticut (and much of the rest of the U.S.) meant the family had to buy several cars.
In theory, there are several basic economic and psychological motivators that motivate people to be more sustainable. It is easy assume that providing people with information that using less energy is more cost-effective would motivate a shift toward conservation. However, Fischlein observed that there is often an “energy-efficiency gap,” or a difference between what is economically efficient and what actually gets done. Fischlein stated that “more information alone is not enough,” as increasing awareness has been shown to increase knowledge while motivating little behavioral change.
According to Fischlein, even raising the price of energy might not promote a decrease in consumption because energy exhibits low price elasticity. She also observed “psychological licensing” related to energy use, which effectively means that people lose a sense of moral responsibility for their actions because they have to pay to consume. Motivating altruistic conservation is also difficult because energy use is not visible, so people cannot see the impact of their actions in any direct way.
The challenges of influencing consumption habits. "It doesn't matter, it's energy efficient" said a Bolton social housing tenant, living in a house retrofitted with the latest energy-saving technologies.
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