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Energy Savings or Energy Waste: Which One Motivates You?

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March 2010 Vol. 7, Issue 3
 
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Energy Savings or Energy Waste: Which One Motivates You?

Do you know that people are more motivated to avoid pain than to achieve a reward?

For example, if I told you that you will receive $1,000 if you read all of my articles, only a few of you would jump at the chance. But if I told you that you must pay me $1,000 if you do not read all of my articles, most of you would take action and be sure to avoid such a penalty. Note that the penalty is the same as the reward, but psychologically, most people will do more to avoid a penalty than to earn a reward. Perhaps this behavior originates in our childhood? (Don’t worry – I’m not going to go “Freud” on you with this article.) In any case, this aspect of human behavior can be effective in presenting the business case for energy management projects, which represent the opportunity to earn a reward and to avoid a penalty.

Read more about how to persuade management to undertake energy projects …

 
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