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Saving energy in the workplace: why, and for whom?

Leygue, Caroline; Ferguson, Eamonn; Spence, Alexa

Authors

Caroline Leygue caroline.leygue@nottingham.ac.uk



Abstract

Saving energy at work might be considered altruistic, because often no personal benefits accrue. However, we consider the possibility that it can be a form of impure-altruism in that the individual experiences some rewards. We develop a scale to measure motivations to save energy at work and test its predictive power for energy-saving intentions and sustainable choices. In two studies (N = 293 and N = 94) motivations towards helping their organization and the planet were rated as important motivations, as was warm-glow (feeling good), indicating that impure-altruism does exist in this context. Energy saving was predicted by environmental concern and the desire to help one's organization. Notably, the stronger the motivations to promote one's reputation were, the weaker was the intention to save energy. Promoting motivations, particularly those that focus on benefits to the organization, may be an effective addition to environmental messages typically used as motivations in campaigns.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Nov 30, 2017
Journal Journal of Environmental Psychology
Print ISSN 0272-4944
Electronic ISSN 1522-9610
Publisher Elsevier
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 53
APA6 Citation Leygue, C., Ferguson, E., & Spence, A. (2017). Saving energy in the workplace: why, and for whom?. Journal of Environmental Psychology, 53, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.06.006
DOI https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.06.006
Keywords Energy saving, Motivations, Altruism, Organizational behavior
Publisher URL https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jenvp.2017.06.006
Copyright Statement Copyright information regarding this work can be found at the following address: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0

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