Encouraging water conservation among residents is important even in high rainfall regions. Rebates are often used to encourage upgrades to water-efficient fixtures and appliances. The study reported here used a reverse auction approach to examine the amount of compensation needed for residents of water-rich regions to install water saving technology in their homes. Results showed that on average a 30% rebate was needed for residents to upgrade their fixtures and appliances. Lessons learned from the study can assist other Extension programs in implementing an auction-based approach for encouraging adoption of improved environmental practices in a community.
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Bakacs, M. E., Obropta, C., Rossi, E., & Barnett, K. (2013). Using a Reverse Auction Approach to Promote Indoor Water Conservation. The Journal of Extension, 51(2), Article 27. https://doi.org/10.34068/joe.51.02.27