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Building the moral case for using less energy

May 17th, 2017|Blog|

Faith in Place, an organization that engages communities of faith on environmental issues, is now in its fourth year of ISEIF funded work to inspire members of the faith community to take action on energy. For this post, we learned more about their statewide approach to their Smart Energy Program. In many ways faith communities share [...]

Three Little Questions – Patty Durand at Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative

February 10th, 2017|Blog|

Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) provides some of the most comprehensive and up-to-date research on the consumer’s journey in engaging the features, technologies, and programs enabled by the smart grid. We asked Patty Durand, President and CEO of SGCC, three little questions about how customers are engaging with smart grid technology and trends that are [...]

Marine Corps Energy Initiative: Changing behavior through group identity

January 23rd, 2017|Blog|

How do you motivate someone to use less energy when they don’t pay for it and environmental impact isn’t a compelling reason? One answer is to tap into notions of group or individual identity—the characteristics we associate with ourselves and the communities to which we belong. A particularly good example of this is a campaign on fostering [...]

Enrolling in a demand response program could score you a manicure

January 5th, 2017|Blog|

Our Small Grants Program supports local organizations with deep community ties that don’t necessarily have expertise on smart meters or consumer energy topics. Garfield Park Community Council (GPCC) is a great example of a local organization that has roots in Chicago’s predominantly low-income Garfield Park neighborhood. Its staff members have lived in the area most [...]

Watch “Empowered: An Energy Story”

November 10th, 2016|Blog, Videos|

Empowered has played for over a million guests as part of the Shedd Aquarium’s aquatic show. Focusing on responsible energy use, the video highlights the many ways that Shedd conserves energy while explaining that smart meters will enable everyone to think differently about their collective energy use. The video was an in-house collaboration between Shedd’s media and [...]

Nudging people into saving energy

November 10th, 2016|Blog, Uncategorized|

How can behavioral science add to our understanding of how people think about energy? Cass Sunstein’s keynote talk at the Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change conference was centered on one idea- by simply giving more thought to the way choices are presented to people can dramatically influence the choices people make. Sunstein calls this “nudging” [...]

Insights from the 2016 Surge Summit

October 5th, 2016|Blog|

We just wrapped up a successful Surge Summit, where practitioners working at the intersection of education, residential energy, and behavioral strategies gathered to discuss this year's theme, Humanizing The Energy Future. At this year's summit, grantees showcased their work and learn from a larger community of peers and experts about changing landscapes as a result of the [...]

Who Needs a Smart Thermostat Anyway?

April 1st, 2016|Blog, Surge Series|

Do people even want new products to manage their energy? Should they? If not, what might change their minds? Our guest on the first Surge Series episode of 2016, Eddie Accomando of Parks Associates, is an applied anthropologist, market researcher, and technology adoption expert. Listen to to get his insights on: Features that real [...]