Bachelor of Arts
Energy efficiency, Energy advocate, Cooperative, Oberlin (Ohio), Residential energy efficiency, Sustainability, Local economy, Local community, Financing energy efficiency, Solidarity economy
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.
Roswell, David, "Activating Community to Enable Residential Energy Efficiency" (2013). Honors Papers. 341.