Participation of the elderly in residential conservation programmes

Title: Participation of the elderly in residential conservation programmes
Format: Journal Article
Publication Date: 1988
Published In: Energy Policy
Description: Although greater-than-average opportunities for residential energy-efficiency improvements exist among the elderly, most conservation programmes are not successful in reaching this subgroup. This paper reviews evidence on elderly participation in utility, federal and state programmes. Even though most of these programmes fail to attract elderly participants there are exceptions. The features and marketing strategies of successful programmes designed to reach the elderly include door-to-door canvassing with free installation of measures, recruitment and verification of eligibility through existing community groups, peer services and counselling by other senior citizens, shared savings programmes offered in retirement villages, and rebate programmes that offer highly visible measures with short paybacks. Although there are a few successful programmes, as a whole, coverage of the elderly by utility, federal and state programmes is limited and a large majority of the elderly receive no assistance. © 1988.
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Citation: Energy Policy. 16. Issue 2. 152 - 163. ISSN 0301-4215. DOI 10.1016/0301-4215(88)90122-X.
Related Departments:
  • Climate and Energy Policy Laboratory
  • School of Public Policy