To address the lack of information about American’s perceived and actual knowledge related to energy, RTI researchers measured three concepts: perceived understanding of energy, demonstrated energy knowledge, and the ability to interpret an energy bill. Results suggest that public understanding of energy is multifaceted, and perceived understanding is not directly equivalent to actual understanding in many cases. Results of this survey provide insight into individual and household energy consumption behavior, which has implications for future policy and intervention.
Americans’ perceived and actual understanding of energy
By Brian Southwell, Joseph Murphy, Jan E DeWaters, Patricia LeBaron.
August 2012 Open Access Peer Reviewed
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Southwell, B., Murphy, J., DeWaters, J. E., & LeBaron, P. (2012). Americans’ perceived and actual understanding of energy. RTI Press. RTI Press Publication No. RR-0018-1208 https://doi.org/10.3768/rtipress.2012.rr.0018.1208