KWR Kees Roest by KWR Kees Roest
05 August 2019

Achieving long-term water conservation habits

A scientific review paper about long-term domestic water conservation via Behaviour Influencing Tactics (BITs). A conjunctive use of a variety of BITs, like knowledge transfer, self-efficacy, social norms, framing, tailoring, emotional shortcuts, priming, & nudging, into an overall strategy by water utilities is required...

Enhancing domestic water conservation behaviour: A review of empirical studies on influencing tactics

This paper is a review of empirical studies about Behaviour Influencing Tactics (BITs) for domestic water conservation. The BITs are: knowledge transfer, self-efficacy, social norms, framing, tailoring, emotional shortcuts, priming, & nudging. Our understanding of the effectiveness of BITs is evolving but knowledge about sustaining water conservation behaviour over time is limited. For achieving long-term water conservation habits, a well-aligned conjunctive use of different BITs is crucial. Abstract The world faces imminent drought-related challenges that, from a tap-water supply perspective, require increasingly expensive infrastructure enhancement and energy expansion to maintain sufficient service levels. This paper argues that enhancing domestic water conservation provides a promising alternative or necessary addition to reduce costs and to stimulate pro-environmental behaviour. Although the number of field experiments on how people’s behaviour can be changed with respect to their daily water consumption is growing, to date, most studies in this field have focussed either on explanatory socio-economic factors (e.g. water pricing, income, or family composition) or behavioural intentions and personal characteristics related to behavioural change. Accordingly, there is limited empirically validated knowledge about the use and effectiveness of different influencing tactics to change behaviour. This paper provides a review of the empirically oriented literature in this field and aims to provide...

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