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Webinar: Maximizing impact of energy affordability assistance programs

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Wednesday, 20 May 2020, 2:00

Wednesday, May 20, 2020. 2:00 PM. Webinar: Maximizing impact of energy affordability assistance programs. Michelle Hilscher and Sarah Carpentier, BEworks. Sponsored by Behavior, Energy & Climate Change (BECC). More information here

 

According to a 2018 report by the ACEEE, 24% of all American families carry a high energy burden - defined as spending more than 6% of household income on their energy bills. The reality behind this statistic is that 24% of Americans are living in dangerously warm or cold homes every day, and making tough choices about whether to pay their energy bills or buy food for their families. High energy burdens have also been linked to respiratory health problems, increased stress, and utility disconnections (ACEEE, 2019). 

 

In this webinar, Drs. Michelle Hilscher and Sarah Carpentier, two behavioral scientists at BEworks, will discuss the psychological and behavioral drivers behind enrolment in energy affordability assistance programs, including how the barriers of negative social stigma and hassle costs can be exacerbated by the so called “scarcity mindset”. They will present evidence-backed strategies to increase enrolment in these programs among the people who need them most, and will provide behaviorally-informed recommendations for policy makers hoping to effect maximal change to reduce residential energy burden.

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