Marketing energy efficiency: perceived benefits and barriers to home energy efficiency


Journal Article

© 2018, Springer Science+Business Media B.V., part of Springer Nature. Energy efficiency contributes significantly to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the associated mitigation of climate change. The uptake of energy efficiency measures in the residential sector requires significant effort on the part of homeowners or residents. Past research has revealed that cost savings and social interaction motivate energy efficiency behavior. This study expands on this research by examining the hypothesis that there are regional differences in what motivates individuals to implement home energy efficiency upgrades. Two surveys (N = 320 and N = 423) examine the perceived benefits of and barriers to undertaking home energy efficiency improvements in varying geographic regions across the USA and test marketing materials that target these benefits and barriers. The hypothesis that there are regional differences in perceptions of energy efficiency was confirmed. Cost savings were found to be the most important benefit to individuals across the country. Energy efficiency being a good investment is either the second or third most important benefit across all regions. Increased comfort is the last of the top three most important benefits to those in the South and Midwest, while those in the Northeast demonstrated interest in the increase in home retail value associated with energy efficiency, and those in the West found the environmental benefits to be important. High costs of energy efficiency improvements were found to be the most commonly perceived barrier. Reported likelihood to enroll in a home energy efficiency program offered by one’s employer was predicted by perceived likelihood that coworkers would enroll, income level, and personal opinions about the importance of energy efficiency.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Cole, JC; McDonald, JB; Wen, X; Kramer, RA

Published Date

  • October 1, 2018

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 11 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 1811 - 1824

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1570-6478

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1570-646X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s12053-018-9614-z

Citation Source

  • Scopus