Behavioral Intervention to Conserve Energy in the Workplace
FAERE Working Paper Series No. 2020.21
29 Pages Posted: 22 Mar 2021 Last revised: 24 Mar 2021
Date Written: November 2, 2020
This study investigates the effect of a large-scale behavioral intervention to conserve energy in the workplace, consisting of an energy-saving competition among a bank’s branches. More than 500 branches were involved for a period of one year. Using a difference-in-difference estimation, we find that the competition significantly reduces monthly consumption outside the work schedule (by 7 percent), but that overall energy use does not change significantly (reduction of 2.5 percent). Branch characteristics do not lead to differentiated program response, in stark contrast with the residential sector. In the same setting, we also evaluate a technological intervention automating building energy management. The renovation leads to significant energy savings (of 18 percent), also concentrated outside the main work schedule. Our results stress the importance of considering contextual characteristics when implementing behavioral programs and show potential overlaps with smart technology investments.
Keywords: Behavioral intervention, Energy conservation, Workplace, Difference-in-difference, Energy efficiency
JEL Classification: C93, D91, H32, Q41
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