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Energy Goal 3: reduce energy use through consumer decision-making and behavioral changes

North Country communities spend a substantial percentage of income on transportation and heating, a result of car-dependent travel and long distances to cover; the harsh winter climate; lack of awareness of incentives and models that encourage switching to more efficient or renewable energy systems; and inefficient insulation of many buildings in the region. This goal targets local efforts by individuals and businesses throughout the region, with the triple aim of increasing energy efficiency/conservation, reducing energy-related costs and increasing local employment opportunities.

Existing Opportunities and Barriers Individual behavior is one of the most powerful and under-recognized change agents that can reduce energy consumption and GHG emissions. US Households directly account for 35% of national CO2 emissions, and if adopted, existing energy efficiency measures for households and motor vehicles can allow energy savings of almost 30 percent— 11 percent of total U.S. consumption. (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 5058) Yet behavior change is rarely included in energy strategies.

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