Behavior & Human Dimensions

(Blog Post - 4/11/2019)
In a world of 280-character tweets, people have limited attention spans. So to nudge them toward making energy efficiency upgrades, home assessment reports need to grab their attention in the first few pages, according to ACEEE research that...
(Document - 4/11/2019)
Tens of thousands of home energy assessments are conducted every year in the United States, but many recipients do not follow through on their recommendations. We studied 45 sample assessment reports by coding them for design and content elements,...
(Document - 11/14/2018)
Municipal governments are increasingly using behavior change strategies to save energy in their communities. For this study we surveyed cities across North America and analyzed 50 behavior change programs offered by 40 local governments in 18 states...
(Blog Post - 6/12/2018)
The Trump administration is expected to propose any day a rollback of greenhouse gas and fuel economy standards, based partly on the notion that Americans are not interested in efficient vehicles. However a new study shows that American consumers...
(Document - 10/11/2017)
How can home energy assessments lead to more energy efficiency upgrades? Using a behavioral science approach to answer this question, we conducted an online experiment with nearly 2,000 American homeowners and explored the latest research on...
(Document - 10/11/2017)
Do you do home energy assessments? This one-page tips sheet is designed to help you communicate with homeowners to maximize the effectiveness of the assessment. It is based on a behavioral sciences perspective and summarizes the conclusions of the...
(Blog Post - 9/12/2017)
The extreme weather events sweeping the United States, from wildfires in the West to hurricanes in the South, are causing untold personal suffering and damaging US infrastructure. We want to help residents and businesses get back on their feet, and...
(Blog Post - 12/1/2016)
Why do some people take action to reduce their energy consumption and carbon footprints while others do not? Environmental psychologists, behavioral economists and other social scientists have all investigated this question, and come up with a...
(Blog Post - 10/18/2016)
In the energy efficiency world, programs that reduce energy use by targeting human behavior are relatively few, but proliferating quickly. In 2013, some US states claimed as much as 28% of their energy efficiency savings from behavior change...
(Document - 10/18/2016)
Behavior change programs are becoming a common method for reducing energy consumption and increasing energy efficiency. But what types of programs are out there, why do they work (or fail to work), and how effective are they? This report updates the...