Between 2009 and 2011, as NUS, we received funding from Defra to investigate the premise that individuals are more likely to adopt new habits during a period when they are undergoing a life transition and their habits are thereby disrupted. The project aimed to test this theory through a set of interventions targeted at a sample of first year students, who are often living away from home for the first time, and focused on energy-efficient behaviours. The core of the project involved five interventions, implemented at five different universities.
The findings related to the drivers and barriers of energy saving behaviours and the impacts of the different interventions, generated the following suggestions for influencing behaviour:
Read full details of the action based research study along with more detailed recommendations in the final report.