Date of Award

Fall 2010

Project Type


Program or Major

Resource Administration and Management

Degree Name

Master of Science

First Advisor

Kelly L Giraud


As New Hampshire pursues public policy goals embedded in the Renewable Portfolio Standard, the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the Climate Action Plan, and other legislation and documentation, many advocates and policy makers are looking for reductions in fossil fuel use in the residential sector. This paper analyzes the results of a survey of New Hampshire residents undertaken in the autumn of 2009 regarding attitudes toward energy policy, and willingness to invest in renewable energy. Regarding residential solar hot water, the survey finds that the price at which half of New Hampshire homeowners would consider purchasing such a system is $5536. Seriousness of commitment is also tested, showing significant barriers to follow-through. These barriers and potential means of overcoming them are examined, based on concepts from economics and related fields. The paper concludes with recommendations for further research.