The effect of a prepayment meter on residential gas consumption.

T. Vollink*, R.M. Meertens

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This study examined the effect of prepayment gas meters (households pay for their gas as they use it) as a feedback instrument on gas consumption by households. Furthermore, behavioral determinants of the reduction in gas consumption were studied. Half of the households in the experimental group were issued a notebook allowing them to compare their gas consumption with a self-set goal. The results revealed that households with a prepayment meter reduced their annual gas consumption by 4.1% compared with the control group; the notebook did not result in additional savings. Furthermore, changes in objective gas consumption were related to self-reported changes in intention toward reducing consumption.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2556-2573
JournalJournal of Applied Social Psychology
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2010

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