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Reducing Carbon-Based Energy Consumption through Changes in Household Behavior

12 Pages Posted: 10 Jul 2013  

Thomas Dietz

Michigan State University, Department of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy Program

Paul C. Stern

The National Academies - National Research Council (NRC)

Elke U. Weber

Columbia Business School - Management & Psychology

Date Written: 2013

Abstract

Actions by individuals and households to reduce carbon-based energy consumption have the potential to change the picture of U.S. energy consumption and carbon dioxide emissions in the near term. To tap this potential, however, energy policies and programs need to replace outmoded assumptions about what drives human behavior; they must integrate insights from the behavioral and social sciences with those from engineering and economics. This integrated approach has thus far only occasionally been implemented. This essay summarizes knowledge from the social sciences and from highly successful energy programs to show what the potential is and how it can be achieved.

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Dietz, Thomas and Stern, Paul C. and Weber, Elke U., Reducing Carbon-Based Energy Consumption through Changes in Household Behavior (2013). Daedalus, 142, 78-89.; Columbia Business School Research Paper No. 13-54. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2291555

Thomas Dietz

Michigan State University, Department of Sociology and Environmental Science and Policy Program ( email )

East Lansing, MI 48824
United States
517-353-8763 (Phone)

Paul C. Stern

The National Academies - National Research Council (NRC)

United States

Elke U. Weber (Contact Author)

Columbia Business School - Management & Psychology ( email )

3022 Broadway
New York, NY 10027
United States

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