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 percentâ€” 11 percent of total U.S. consumption. (World Bank Policy Research Working Paper 5058) Yet behavior change is rarely included in energy strategies.
North Country Region Sustainability Plan