Our Perspective on the “Rebound Effect” – Is It True That the More Efficient a Product Becomes, the More Its Owner Will Use It?
Two recent articles have argued that as the energy efficiency of products improve, it becomes less expensive to operate these products and as a result, people increase their use of these products, increasing energy use and potentially wiping out the energy savings caused by the efficiency gains.
ICF International, Portland Energy Conservation, Incorporated, and the ACEEE staff and Board sponsored Summer Study scholarships for seven undergraduate and graduate students. The award paid for the conference registration fee, housing and meals, and a portion of transportation costs.
On a personal note, I learned about an additional benefit of investing in a super-efficient refrigerator. About two months ago my wife and I finally bought a new refrigerator—the new Whirlpool model that is the most efficient on the market.
ACEEE continues to work hard on efficiency policies at the federal level and has made some progress, but the big question is whether a comprehensive federal energy and/or climate change bill will be able to move forward this year.