Behavior & Energy
Develops climate-positive behavior change interventions, and supporting materials/software applications. To date these have included community based (e.g., high school and Girl Scouts) and online programs. HowPower.org is the most recent. These combine approaches from numerous fields spanning behavioral economics, marketing, psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and others.
Develops tools for measuring energy behaviors, to evaluate the efficacy of interventions and also provide feedback to users. These tools include surveys; lab measurement of observed behavior; sensors (such as smart meters); disaggregation of sensor data; online click data measuring website usage, intention to buy, and social media use; psychological tests (e.g., reaction time); and psychophysiological measures such as facial electromyography (EMG), skin conductance response (SCR), and eye-tracking.
Develops additional resources, such as a "Behavior and Energy" literature database, and Residential Building Energy Actions Database; Reference Energy Disaggregation Dataset (REDD) dataset, protocol, and policy recommendations; and Energy Services Platform for implementing online behavioral programs.
Co-developed the "Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) Conference". Organized several topical workshops.
Currently exploring radical technical, governance, and individual solutions for improving resilience in the face of climate impacts and other emerging challenges.
Without journal access, you may download the paper here: Increasing Energy and Greenhouse Gas-Saving Behaviors Among Adolescents: A School-Based Randomized Controlled Trial (454KB PDF) Published 2012.
Working Paper Tables & Figures Published 2012.
Supplemental Materials: High School Energy Curriculum We designed, implemented and experimentally evaluated a theory-based, school based, energy and behavior change curriculum for high school.
Energy behaviours of Northern California Girl Scouts and their families. Energy Policy
Boudet, H. S., Ardoin, N. M., Flora, J., Armel, K. C., Desai, M., Robinson, T. N. (June 2014) http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2014.05.044
Data Jam Workshop
November 11, 2013
The 11/11/13 workshop aimed to help participants develop innovative energy saving program ideas, using some of the framework laid out in the above paper.
Without journal access, you may download the paper here: Technical Paper (0.9MB PDF)
Video Connectivity Week, Santa Clara, CA, May 22-24, 2012
Slide Set (0.9MB PDF)
This paper describes how disaggregation can address two timely energy problems - achieving significant low-cost energy reductions in the residential and commercial sectors, and achieving the energy saving potential of the smart grid.
Presentation at the Stanford School of Medicine on May 29, 2008.