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The necessity to combat climate change is on the rise as more and more studies are revealing the catastrophic outcomes if the current trends of energy consumption do not change. Residential programs to promote energy savings and reduce consumption are being enacted to decrease the greenhouse emissions due to home energy usage. However, thus far, little to no measures have been taken to extend the reach of such programs to low-income communities. Reducing household energy consumption would be extremely beneficial as it would lower utility bills for low-income households who spend a substantially greater portion of their income on energy bills compared to other households. While installation of energy efficient appliances is a dominant component in energy reduction, adopting energy behavior has the potential for significant savings. Research is being conducted to determine the most effective techniques necessary to successfully promote and enact energy reduction behaviors in low-income communities based upon peer-to-peer methods. Through a program that will track and analyze thermostat and consumption (energy and water) data in a low-income neighborhood in Dayton, behavioral models will be designed and implemented to deduce what education and intervention methods produce optimal energy behavior results, how demographics impact energy behaviors, and what factors most strongly correlate to an increase or decrease in energy consumption.

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Independent Research

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Anya M Galli Robertson, Kevin P Hallinan

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Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering


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Presenter: Jenn Margaret Hoody

Implementing Energy Saving Behaviors in Low-Income Communities