Education Key to Promoting Energy Efficiency Behaviors
The authors concluded that the most effective way to promote energy efficiency behavior is to increase education about low or no cost energy audits, improved insulation, caulking and weather stripping, and the extent to which small things like replacing light bulbs and adjusting the thermostat impact overall efficiency. They recommended that programs that encourage more people taking part in existing programs and incentives need to be better and more frequently marketed to the public.
One promising finding is that people surveyed who were aware of efficiency improvements had more energy efficient behaviors. Many of these people had already had an energy audit, improved weather stripping and caulking in their homes as well as improved their home insulation.
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