Innovations in home energy use A sourcebook for behavior change

By Brian Southwell, Elizabeth M.B. Doran, Laura S. Richman

As a collection of essays that explore innovations to encourage reduction in homeowner energy use, this volume reflects a confluence of ideas and initiatives rather than a narrow look at what a single, particular line of academic literature suggests might be possible to shape homeowner behavior. Not only do the contributors represent a wide array of institutions and backgrounds, but the very intellectual infrastructure that encouraged and allowed the summit that inspired this book itself represents a conscious effort to facilitate multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary collaboration for the purpose of addressing salient societal concerns. With this volume, we hope to provide a source of ideas for behavior change that will appeal to a range of people charged with curbing residential energy use through communication-based intervention.


Southwell, B., Doran, E. M. B., & Richman, L. S. (Eds.) (2016). Innovations in home energy use: A sourcebook for behavior change. (RTI Press Publication No. BK-0015-1512). Research Triangle Park, NC: RTI Press.

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Brian SouthwellBrian Southwell, PhD, directs the Science in the Public Sphere program in the Center for Communication Science at RTI International. His large-scale evaluation work has spanned behaviors and audiences, including cancer prevention and screening promotion efforts, national campaigns to discourage drug and tobacco use, efforts to bolster television news coverage of science, and various state-level campaigns. He also has studied public understanding of energy and related topics. Dr. Southwell holds faculty appointments at Duke University (through Duke’s Energy Initiative) and at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and also hosts the public radio show "The Measure of Everyday Life" on WNCU.

Elizabeth M.B. DoranElizabeth M. B. Doran is an environmental engineer and has been a doctoral candidate in Earth and Ocean Sciences at Duke University throughout the time this book was written. At Duke, she also led the steering committee for the Project LIT HoMES Summit that led to this book.

Laura S. RichmanLaura S. Richman is a faculty member in Psychology and Neuroscience at Duke University. As a faculty participant in the Bass Connections project at Duke, she co-led Project LIT HoMES with Dr. Southwell.

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