FEMP Energy Awareness Study Now Available

February 28, 2003

Environment and Behavior journal recently published the results of FEMP-sponsored research on promoting energy awareness behavior in military housing. The journal article entitled "Motivating Residents to Conserve Energy Without Financial Incentives" describes energy conservation campaigns at the U.S. Army's Fort Lewis in Washington and Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona. (See "Promoting Behavior-Based Energy Efficiency in Military Housing," FEMP Focus, January/February, 2000.)

Residential energy-usage behavior on military installations represents a potential significant source of energy conservation. Housing at some military installations can account for up to 30 percent of total installation energy costs. The FEMP study demonstrates the feasibility of tailored, research-based strategies to promote energy conservation in military family housing. The study examines customized intervention efforts where residents do not pay their own utility bills, measuring before-and-after energy use, and surveying residential end-use behaviors.

For more information, please see McMakin, A.; Malone, E.; and Lundgren, R.; "Motivating Residents to Conserve Energy Without Financial Incentives," Environment and Behavior, Volume 34, Number 6, November 2002, pp. 848-863. For additional information, please contact Elizabeth Malone of DOE's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory.