Energy Efficiency and the rebound effect: Neither big nor bad

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Courtesy of Energy Efficiency Markets LLC

Now that you’ve installed efficient light bulbs in your house, do you think: “Guess I’ll leave my lights on all night. What the heck – it won’t cost me any extra.”

 

Probably not.  But some extreme critics of energy efficiency would have us believe this is the end result of appliance standards and energy savings technology – that we simply consume more energy when it becomes cheaper, negating the benefits.

 This is called the ‘rebound effect’ and while it is a real phenomenon, it is quite small, according to a new white paper by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy.

 

 

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