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The nuclear catastrophe in Japan in March 2011 radically changed many preconceptions around the world about energy for the future. Before then, many countries with nuclear power plants sought a consta ...

The nuclear catastrophe in Japan in March 2011 radically changed many preconceptions around the world about energy for the future. Before then, many countries with nuclear power plants sought a constant or rising share of nuclear energy in the mix, while today the future of nuclear energy is unsettled. At the same time, the threat of climate change requires restrictions on the use of fossil fuels such as coal for electricity generation.

Develop nonmonetary incentives for end users, such as the visualization of energy and carbon savings, as well as reputation- based incentives.

Examples have shown that monetary incentives alone have only limited impact. Nonmonetary rewards, such as the visualization of energy and carbon savings, are a powerful extension. Acceptance of the remodeling process by the consumer is crucial for its success, since the NIMBY attitude (“not in my back yard”) has proved to be a major obstacle already.

Acceptance can be enhanced by nonmonetary rewards. Reputationbased incentives yield an extra benefit to the consumer that can make the difference between switching on and switching off—“who is winning the race to be the most efficient household in town?”

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