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In general, homeowners do not have a concrete idea of how much energy their houses are using at any given moment. This energy “invisibility” is thought to be a barrier toward people adopting more sustainable behaviors. This study involves installing energy monitors in houses in the University of Dayton student neighborhood to analyze two important questions: whether the monitors teach students about the relationship between their activities and energy consumption, and whether the monitors influence students to adjust their household behaviors. Ideally, conclusions will be drawn from quantitative data collected from the monitors and the university’s energy provider as well as from qualitative data acquired through the distribution of questionnaires. The results could have direct policy implications for the university, such as informing whether it would be worth investing in energy monitors for all student neighborhood properties.

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Honors Thesis

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Robert J. Brecha

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Physics, Renewable and Clean Energy


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