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Opower: Behaviorial Science + Technology = Energy Conservation


BEHAVIORAL SCIENCE + TECHNOLOGY = LESS WASTE: Opower, founded by TED talker Alex Laskey, helps utility companies show customers, right on their utility bills, where their own house sits on the spectrum of neighborhood energy wasters — and how to beat the game. A 2003 study found that money saving, environmental, and citizenship messaging had no effect on energy consumption, but when pitted against their neighbors, people took notice and started to conserve.

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    • Erna

      That's a great way to implement the findings locally / at scale. Thank you for sharing

  • Ben Goldhirsh

    Saw Alex and his partner talk and was blown away by the effects they've seen from these tactics. Fascinating behavioral science.

    • Erna

      Humans. Never a dull moment! Ok but seriously I looked into it and geeked out a little bit, and it totally makes sense based on the tragedy of the commons theory... experimental data shows that cooperative behavior is more common in smaller groups when faced with the dilemma of how to share a public resource.

  • Erna

    in other news, my dependence on technology to spell-check posts is becoming very apparent!

  • Erna