An Empirical Strategy for Identifying Residential Energy Conservation Techniques

Stephanie A. Mathews
Stephen B. Fawcett
Russell G. Winn
R. Mark Mathews



This study reports the results of a survey designed to identify potentially important energy conservation behaviors. Forty-four experts in the area of energy conservation were surveyed. These experts rated the importance and use of 201 energy conservation techniques. The survey results found a total of seventy-four specific conservation activities that were considered by the experts to be very important. In addition, the perceived frequency with which these techniques are used by residential energy consumers was also assessed. This empirical strategy for identifying important conservation techniques should be of interest to researchers attempting to select important behaviors for energy-related research and to consumers attempting to make critical changes in their residential use of energy.

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