Faculty Advisor

Davis, Paul W.

Center

Melbourne, Australia

Abstract

The Moreland Energy Foundation in Melbourne, Australia, sought to lower electricity use among apartment residents, who face special barriers to living sustainably. We developed a two-pronged, research-based strategy to promote energy saving habits and devices: information about energy saving habits and devices and competition among residents to reduce consumption as a motivator. A case-control study demonstrated the value of competition: competing residents adopted 250% more energy saving habits and devices than the non- competing control group.

Publisher

Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

February 2013

Project Type

Interactive Qualifying Project

Accessibility

Unrestricted

Advisor Department

Mathematical Sciences

Project Center

Melbourne, Australia

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