Center for Energy and Behavior

An important element of creating energy solutions is knowing that people can willingly incorporate those solutions into their everyday lives. At the Center for Energy and Behavior, researchers study the interactions between humans and technology, seeking to understand the decision-making process behind people’s adoption of energy technology and energy conservation techniques.
Many types of social sciences are critical to understanding these interactions, including sociology, political science, and psychology. The Center employs an interdisciplinary approach in order to develop practical energy solutions that take into account human preferences, so that sustainable technology is more efficiently and easily adopted.
Currently, the Center is evaluating a design for reduced energy use, energy costs, and greenhouse gas emissions in government buildings, using a Larimer Country correctional facility as its focus of study. It is also testing techniques to improve energy conservation in non-profit buildings and low-income housing through behavioral change, to help reduce energy costs and emissions.
Examples of past projects include creating a net-zero energy affordable housing project in Minneapolis, and developing techniques to encourage reduced energy usage in high schools and college dormitories.
See the Center for Energy and Behavior website.