Residential energy conservation: the effects of education and perceived behavioral control Academic Article uri icon


  • 2014, AESS. This study examines the effects of values, norms, perceived behavioral control, and education on intentions to save energy and actual energy-saving behaviors among residential energy customers (N = 329). A linear regression with ordinary least squares (OLS) estimates showed that environmental values, energy-saving norms, and perceived behavioral control did not have uniform effects on energy behaviors and the intention to conserve was not significantly correlated with energy-using behaviors. However, there is a link between perceived behavioral control and energy-saving behaviors. Respondents with higher educational attainment had greater intentions to conserve energy and an increased likelihood of engaging in energy-conscious behavior like turning off the television more frequently. Further exploration revealed that a considerable portion of the effect of education was due to the mediating effect of perceived behavioral control and not due to increased pro-environmental values or norms.

published proceedings

  • Journal of Environmental Studies and Sciences

author list (cited authors)

  • Pals, H., & Singer, L.

citation count

  • 5

complete list of authors

  • Pals, Heili||Singer, Lindsey

publication date

  • March 2015