teenagers as energy conservation stewards

Research Project | 2021

Teenagers as Energy Conservation Stewards

Teenagers represent about 13% of the total U.S. population and have the potential to exert a powerful collective drive toward environmental protections in society. The goal of this project is to empower teenagers to act as energy conservation stewards within their household.

In this project, we will develop an interactive teaching module accessible on mobile devices that will provide teenagers with information about energy use at the appliance level, energy conservation strategies, as well as tools and tactics that they can use to influence their parents to conserve energy. The teaching module will include an educational video, interactive games, and a quiz/game to assess teenagers’ knowledge of energy efficiency.

The module will be available for free and the teenager persuasion strategies will be tailored to different types of households. This module would have the potential to reach a large variety of households, including those in disadvantaged communities.

This project is funded by the California Public Utility Commission