behavioral energy efficiency

Randomised Trials of Energy Efficiency Policy

February 11, 2015 by Adam Whitmore

It is often impossible to know in advance how innovative policy interventions will affect behavior. Fortunately there are models from elsewhere that can help address these issues. A well proven means of judging the effectiveness of interventions is the use of randomized trials.[read more]

Opower Enters Rare Partnership With FirstFuel to Expand Into Commercial Building Efficiency

September 14, 2014 by Stephen Lacey

Opower doesn't often enter into strategic partnerships with companies that overlap with its business. The company has been very successful landing utility partners so far, and other than starting a relationship with Honeywell for a smart thermostat deployment, it hasn't needed to rely on others to expand.[read more]

Advanced Energy Technology of the Week: Behavioral Efficiency

July 30, 2014 by Matt Stanberry

Behavioral Efficiency

Extensive research has found that the average utility customer spends nine minutes per year thinking about their energy use. When they do, they have two basic questions: How am I using energy and what can I do to save energy and money?[read more]

Better System Needed to Assess Behavior Changes by Energy Efficiency Programs

January 14, 2014 by NRDC Switchboard

Energy Efficiency and Behavior

How are the nation’s utility energy efficiency programs like my 4th-grade California public elementary school classroom?Well, let me tell you about Ms. Gulbransen’s strategy to help stretch our class’s resources in the face of budgetary constraints.[read more]

Can a Better Taxonomy Help Behavioral Energy Efficiency?

January 3, 2014 by Katherine Tweed

Hundreds of behavioral energy efficiency programs have sprung up across the U.S. in the past five years, but the effectiveness of the programs -- both in terms of cost savings and reduced energy use -- can in fact be very difficult to actually gauge.[read more]