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The conclusions come from a survey of 50 government, academic and industry experts

It's common to walk into stores and see certain appliances with the Energy Star label, meaning these refrigerators and washing machines are energy efficient. Efforts such as this are made to reduce our energy consumption, and while the International Energy Outlook 2011 report from the U.S. Energy Information Administration predicts that worldwide energy will increase 53 percent by 2035, two economists say otherwise.

According to a paper written by economists Ahmad Faruqui and Doug Mitarotonda, who work for consulting firm The Brattle Group, the consumption of electricity will decrease 5 to 15 percent by 2020. The conclusions come from a survey of 50 government, academic and industry experts, according to MSNBC.

Faruqui and Mitarotonda say that the drop will occur due to Energy Star appliances, less usage of incandescent light bulbs, incentives that encourage users not to consume as much energy during peak hours (such as tiered pricing and smart meter technology), and other programs that raise awareness of people's energy consumption.

"The survey results clearly repudiate the notion that the age of energy efficiency has come to an end," wrote Faruqui and Mitarotonda in the paper. "On the contrary, they herald a new beginning for energy efficiency."

Faruqui and Mitarotonda referred to this age of energy efficiency as integrated demand-side management, or iDSM. This era, according to the economists, encompasses the above-mentioned practices taking place to lessen energy use.

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Government Energy Star sucks
By Kurz on 9/27/2011 12:19:20 PM , Rating: 1
Why Can't we have a more upfront Energy Efficiency label,
Like the 80Plus standard on Power supplies?

It takes time and research to narrow down Choices because you need to find out about specifications and reviews in order to find the most efficient product.

I am all for UL or some other organization to come forth and provide a better labeling system. We probably will never see this coming from the Gov.

RE: Government Energy Star sucks
By tastyratz on 9/27/2011 1:15:07 PM , Rating: 3
Do you mean a label similar to the one provided on energy star appliances? The one that states average kwh/$ used by the device, the high and low numbers for similar devices in the category, and a graph of where said device lands in relation to all other devices in the market?
A label like that?

Maybe an energy efficient certification we can stick on these devices as well? Let's call that energy star

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