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Behavioral and Information Barriers to Energy Conservation: A Field Experiment in Alaska
Last registered on May 26, 2020

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Trial Information
General Information
Title
Behavioral and Information Barriers to Energy Conservation: A Field Experiment in Alaska
RCT ID
AEARCTR-0003938
Initial registration date
May 23, 2020
Last updated
May 26, 2020 5:03 PM EDT
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Primary Investigator
Affiliation
Texas A&M University
Other Primary Investigator(s)
PI Affiliation
Texas A&M University
Additional Trial Information
Status
On going
Start date
2018-11-01
End date
2023-06-30
Secondary IDs
Abstract
We examine the role of information and incentives on household energy consumption. We partner with a local utility company to recruit and evaluate alternative ways to conserve energy. We use administrative data to evaluate behavioral changes in the short and long run of different treatments.
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Registration Citation
Citation
Castillo, Marco and Ragan Petrie. 2020. "Behavioral and Information Barriers to Energy Conservation: A Field Experiment in Alaska." AEA RCT Registry. May 26. https://doi.org/10.1257/rct.3938-1.0.
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Experimental Details
Interventions
Intervention(s)
Volunteer households are randomly assigned to information and incentive treatments for energy usage. Administrative records on energy consumption are evaluated before and after the intervention.
Intervention Start Date
2019-02-02
Intervention End Date
2019-04-05
Primary Outcomes
Primary Outcomes (end points)
energy consumption over time
Primary Outcomes (explanation)
Secondary Outcomes
Secondary Outcomes (end points)
Selection into treatments, study completion rates, information acquisition.
Secondary Outcomes (explanation)
Experimental Design
Experimental Design
Invitation to participate in the study is sent to the population of qualified households. Volunteers are randomly assigned to treatments including incentives and information on energy usage. Data on energy consumption is gathered and endline survey is conducted.
Experimental Design Details
Not available
Randomization Method
Private randomization using office computer (random seed saved for replication).
Randomization Unit
Household
Was the treatment clustered?
No
Experiment Characteristics
Sample size: planned number of clusters
No clustering
Sample size: planned number of observations
40,000 invited
Sample size (or number of clusters) by treatment arms
200+ information treatment, 200+ incentive treatment, 200+ control
Minimum detectable effect size for main outcomes (accounting for sample design and clustering)
14 percentage point difference between each treatment for binary variables (2-sided, power = 0.8). 16 percent change on consumption level without covariates (2-sided, power = 0.8).
IRB
INSTITUTIONAL REVIEW BOARDS (IRBs)
IRB Name
Texas A&M Ethics Review Board
IRB Approval Date
2018-12-03
IRB Approval Number
IRB2018-1356M