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Encouraging electricity savings in a university residential hall through a combination of feedback, visual prompts, and incentives

Publication Type:

Journal Article


Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, Volume 43, Number 2, p.327-331 (2010)



This experiment investigated the combined use of visual prompts, daily feedback, and rewards to reduce electricity consumption in a university residential hall. After a 17-day baseline period, the experimental intervention was introduced in the intervention hall, and no change was made in the control hall. Energy usage decreased in the intervention hall, but energy usage did not change appreciably in the control hall. In the intervention hall, mean daytime and nighttime savings were 16.2% and 10.7%, respectively, compared to savings of 3.8% (day) and 6.5% (night) in the control hall.