Degree Year

2013

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Arts

Department

Environmental Studies

Advisor(s)

Cynthia Frantz

Committee Member(s)

Rumi Shammin

Keywords

Energy efficiency, Energy advocate, Cooperative, Oberlin (Ohio), Residential energy efficiency, Sustainability, Local economy, Local community, Financing energy efficiency, Solidarity economy

Abstract

This paper looks into the challenges to and opportunities in enabling residential energy efficiency, with a focus on Oberlin, OH. After laying out a basic framework, the paper has three main sections. First, it reviews and discusses financial barriers to residential energy. Next, it discusses social and psychological barriers, and discusses the Energy Advocate program that has successfully addressed these barriers. Finally, it discusses the physical barriers of old housing stock. It recommends developing a home repair cooperative to address the physical barriers to energy efficiency.

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