Residential energy conservation: the effects of education and perceived behavioral control


DOI: 10.1007/s13412-014-0196-6

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Pals, H. & Singer, L. J Environ Stud Sci (2015) 5: 29. doi:10.1007/s13412-014-0196-6


This study examines the effects of values, norms, perceived behavioral control, and education on intentions to save energy and actual energy-saving behaviors among residential energy customers (N = 329). A linear regression with ordinary least squares (OLS) estimates showed that environmental values, energy-saving norms, and perceived behavioral control did not have uniform effects on energy behaviors and the intention to conserve was not significantly correlated with energy-using behaviors. However, there is a link between perceived behavioral control and energy-saving behaviors. Respondents with higher educational attainment had greater intentions to conserve energy and an increased likelihood of engaging in energy-conscious behavior like turning off the television more frequently. Further exploration revealed that a considerable portion of the effect of education was due to the mediating effect of perceived behavioral control and not due to increased pro-environmental values or norms.


Residential energy Theory of planned behavior Education Perceived behavioral control Mediation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Sociology DepartmentTexas A&M UniversityCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.University of Central FloridaOrlandoUSA

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