ERIC Number: ED165995
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978-Jan
A Group Contingency for Electricity Conservation in Master Metered Apartments. Report No. 242.
Slavin, Robert E.; And Others
This paper reports the results of two studies designed to evaluate the effects of a group contingency for conservation on use of electricity. Residents of 166 apartment units in three towers participated in the first study. The group contingency consisted of biweekly payments to residents of the value of the electricity they saved, as compared to predicted use based on temperature. In addition, resident meetings were held in each tower. The group contingencies were initiated in each tower at three-week intervals in a multiple baseline design. Subjects in the second study were residents of 255 apartment units, also in three towers. They experienced the same group contingencies in the same multiple-baseline design, except that they received only 50% of the value of their savings. In addition, they received a one-time bonus of five dollars if they used 10% or more less than baseline. Results are discussed in terms of theoretical and practical implications. (Author/HM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (DHEW), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Johns Hopkins Univ., Baltimore, MD. Center for Social Organization of Schools.
Note: Contains occasional light and broken type