ERIC Number: ED223777
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1982
Reference Count: 0
Energy Assistance for the Aged.
Braun, B.; And Others
An energy education program was implemented to deliver energy conservation information to older Oklahomans in Chocktaw and Pushmataha counties. Methods for building inexpensive, home-produced, easy-to-install equipment to significantly reduce heat loss in the winter and cooling loss in the summer were emphasized. Six paraprofessionals were trained to deliver energy education to groups or individuals in their homes using a notebook and demonstration kit of audiovisual materials and computerized energy audits. The paraprofessionals taught structural modification and behavioral change in two phases, one during the summer and the other during the winter months. The aides reached 473 households composed of 803 people who were aged and generally limited in resources. Pre- and post-surveys were used to collect data on changes in consumers' knowledge of energy concepts. A conservation worksheet was used to get a base measurement of structural housing conditions and behavioral practices. Computerized energy audits were also completed on 220 homes. Use of t-tests showed a statistically significant difference of .0001 between mean scores of the pre- and post-surveys. During the summer phase, 87 households practiced 131 structural or behavioral activities; 111 did 123 activities. Additional data were collected and analyzed to help reveal why participants adopted or did not adopt practices taught, what their future energy plans were, who influenced decisions, and how changes were made. Appendixes include survey forms, case studies, and a 1980 project followup report. (YLB)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Oklahoma State Dept. of Energy, Oklahoma City.; Oklahoma Corp. Commission, Oklahoma City.
Authoring Institution: Oklahoma State Univ., Stillwater. Cooperative Extension Service.