Innovations in Home Energy Use: A Sourcebook for Behavior Change

Brian Southwell, Elizabeth Doran and Laura Richman (editors)
RTI Press
2016

As a collection of essays that explore innovations to encourage reduction in homeowner energy use, this volume reflects a confluence of ideas and initiatives rather than a narrow look at what a single, particular line of academic literature suggests might be possible to shape homeowner behavior. Not only do the contributors represent a wide array of institutions and backgrounds, but the very intellectual infrastructure that encouraged and allowed the summit that inspired this book itself represents a conscious effort to facilitate multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration for the purpose of addressing salient societal concerns. With this volume, we hope to provide a source of ideas for behavior change that will appeal to a range of people charged with curbing residential energy use through communication-based intervention.

Ideas for the book came from a summit at Duke sponsored by the Bass Connections in Energy program. As a participant in the program, Richman, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, co-led Project LIT HoMES with fellow editor Brian Southwell, who teaches with Duke’s Energy Initiative and a researcher at RTI International. Chapters are written by Christopher Galik, a senior policy associate at the Nicholas Institute for Environmental Policy Solutions; Liz Doran, an environmental engineer and a doctoral candidate in Earth and Ocean Sciences; Duke alumnus Jordan Thomas; and Charles Adair and Jason Elliott, of the Duke Carbon Offsets Initiative.

Innovations in Home Energy Use: A Sourcebook for Behavior Change