23 May '11, 10pm

Behavioral nudges on electric bills could save THREE coal plants worth of power

Behavioral nudges on electric bills could save THREE coal plants worth of power

Reports sent to a random subset of customers are shown to reduce energy demand by 1.8% on average, with the effectiveness of individual programs ranging from 0.9% to 2.9%. Furthermore, using a single readily available statistic -- a household's average monthly energy usage before the intervention -- can help identify the households most likely to show large reductions and increase average effectiveness to 6.5% overall. To get a sense of the magnitude of these effects, a simple extrapolation of the savings rate suggests that reducing residential electricity usage across the United States by 1.8% would save over 26,000 GWh of electricity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by roughly 8.9 million metric tons of carbon dioxide per year -- equal to the emissions from three 500-MW coal-fired power plants -- and save households just over $3 billion per year on their electric bills.

Full article: http://www.grist.org/energy-efficiency/2011-05-23-a-study...

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