Inattention and imperfect information bias behavior towards the salient and immediately visible. They drive individuals to lose sight of long-term goals, such as leading a sustainable and healthy life, and promote overindulgence
and waste. We show that providing real-time feedback on a specific resourceintense behavior can be a powerful remedy for this bias: In a large-scale field experiment, participants receive real-time feedback on their resource use. We find that this approach reduced resource consumption by 22% - much larger conservation gains than conventional policy interventions achieve. Real-time
feedback directly overcomes salience bias, and avoids the negative psychological pressure that has been observed with widely-used policy interventions. Providing real-time feedback has the potential for cost-effective policy interventions aimed at resource conservation, and could help individuals eliminate salience bias in other domains of life.