Study: Energy Consumption to Drop 5 to 15 Percent by 2020
September 27, 2011 11:57 AM
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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
, 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
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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RE: Not a good thing
9/27/2011 3:21:13 PM
But you own a washing machine.
Previous generations didn't.
Heck many of the poor still don't.
If the lightbulbs and ovens are more efficient for the person who doesn't yet have a washing machine they may buy one if they can now afford it.
Most people didn't have TV's 50 years ago, now even the poor have 2 or more. Ten years ago most people didn't have cell phones because they were large bulky and expensive. Now that they are more efficient there are FAR more of them, even the starving kids in Africa use power to charge their cell phones.
When computers got more efficient people didn't settle for the same functionality of that old 8086 IBM, they got more powerful computers and they got MANY more of them.
Now that you can reasonably heat and light your home you now
to own a dishwasher, washing machine, cloths dryer, have indoor AC and heated water. You choose to use a vacuum cleaner instead of a broom, or a gas powered lawnmower instead of a push mower. You use hedge trimmers instead of hand trimmers.
If you don't then you are
a typical energy user. Why would all the trends of the last couple centuries suddenly stop because tomorrow's microwave just happens to be slightly more efficient?
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