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You would think, intuitively, that energy efficiency is good — it saves us money and is good for the environment. Some have tried to argue that isn't actually true, that increased efficiency results in greater energy demand and usage. They seem to have confused themselves, though, because that just isn't true.

Energy Efficiency

The Rebound Effect/Jevons Paradox: Not as Strong as Pseudo-Environmentalists Claim

You would think, intuitively, that energy efficiency is good — it saves us money and is good for the environment. Some have tried to argue that isn’t actually true, that increased efficiency results in greater energy demand and usage. They seem to have confused themselves, though, because that just isn’t true.

You would think, intuitively, that energy efficiency is good — it saves us money and is good for the environment. But sometimes things are not as you would intuitively think they are, right? Some have claimed that energy efficiency is one such thing, that energy savings created from greater energy efficiency are offset by resulting increases in demand that cause more energy to be used in the end….

While people may increase usage some after switching to a more energy-efficient technology, research has shown that they don’t do so nearly enough to considerably offset the energy savings. Thus, these people do end up decreasing energy usage, not increasing it.

In other words: energy efficiency is good.

More: Is Energy Efficiency Really Good? (A Look at the “Rebound Effect”)

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