He points to a recent experiment in the UK that explored how to encourage homeowners to install insulation in their attics. 45% of a home’s heat loss in winter can stem from inadequate insulation, and an estimated 9 million homes in the UK (40% of homes) have attics that are not properly insulated.
To determine how they can best promote attic insulation, the UK Government partnered with a home improvement retailer to test the effectiveness of two types of consumer offers:
1) Some households were offered a discount (similar to a Groupon) on insulation services
2) A separate group of homeowners were told that, if they signed up to insulate their attic and paid a small extra fee, the insulation company would “make it easy” for them: the company would remove their stuff from the attic, install the insulation, help the homeowner discard/donate unwanted stuff, and then neatly put all the good stuff back in the attic.
It appears that the solution to some of our most difficult energy challenges may be…to make it easy.