Since my husband and I both work in the energy industry, we often exchange energy-themed gifts. He has given me energy books (my favorite was American Power by Mitch Epstein … Continue Reading Would a Nest Help My Family Save Energy?
Smart meters are supposed to give you more control over your electricity bills. As a PG&E customer, I can log onto a website and look at our household smart meter … Continue Reading Smart Meters but Dumb Pricing? Not in Sacramento
California has long been a leading indicator of national energy-efficiency trends. The state passed minimum efficiency standards for refrigerators in 1976, 11 years before the federal government adopted similar standards. … Continue Reading How California’s K-12 Schools Can Teach Us About Energy Efficiency
A new EI@Haas Working Paper by Koichiro Ito offers a fresh look at California’s well-known 20/20 program. The paper is available here. During the summer of 2005, California households could … Continue Reading 20/20 Vision
The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, and, most recently, the Sacramento Bee have pieces on Arik Levinson’s new NBER working paper, “California Energy Efficiency: Lessons for the Rest of the World, or Not?” … Continue Reading Deconstructing the Rosenfeld Curve
Very little shocks me anymore. But I was shocked – SHOCKED! – to discover that one space in our house which takes up only about 5% of the floor space … Continue Reading From Big Energy Consumption (E) to Lower Energy Consumption (e)
Economists love prices. In fact, when we want people to reduce their consumption of something, we argue we should make that thing more expensive. This is usually done via a … Continue Reading Knowledge is (Less) Power.