Another take on the efficiency gap

Another take on the efficiency gap / Carl Blumstein, Energy Economics Exchange, January 28, 2013

At the Energy Institute at Haas, we’ve long debated and investigated “the energy-efficiency gap.” It’s an idea that’s simple to state but, potentially, huge in its implications: it’s the difference between what’s technically feasible in terms of energy efficiency and what our economy manages to achieve. An easy example is programmable thermostats. Used correctly, they can help reduce energy usage. But how many people never get around to programming theirs? That kind of split between what’s possible and what people really do is the efficiency gap…

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