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Record number 495493
Title Energy saving in office buildings : Are feedback and commitment-making useful instruments to trigger change?
Author(s) Lokhorst, Anne Marike; Staats, Henk; Iterson, Jochem Van
Source Human Ecology 43 (2015)5. - ISSN 0300-7839 - p. 759 - 768.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/s10745-015-9783-8
Department(s) Strategic Communication
WASS
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2015
Keyword(s) Commitment-making - Energy saving - Feedback - Interventions - Leiden - Organizations
Abstract

This study focuses on energy saving in an office environment. We developed and tested an intervention that contained both the administration of feedback as well as commitment-making: two techniques that are often described in the literature as successful, especially when combined. Using a sample of 146 employees, we tested the intervention's effectiveness for our sample in terms of behavior change. Our results show some effects, but these were irrespective of experimental category. We use this failed experiment to reflect upon critical aspects of the design and implementation of intervention, and provide ideas on how such interventions can be improved.

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