Rebound Effect and Energy Efficiency
- Apr 22, 2019 5:19 pm GMT
The term rebound is used to describe effects which prevent the potential savings resulting from efficiency increases from being realized (at all or in full). Ideally, we expect efficiency measures to result in corresponding savings. However, the greater the difference between expected and actual savings, the greater the rebound effect. In some cases, an increase in efficiency may even lead to increased energy consumption. If an increase in energy consumption which is independent of the efficiency gains mitigates the efficiency gains, there is no rebound.
The rebound effect is the percentage of the theoretical savings potential of efficiency increases which cannot be saved due to consumer behaviour.
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