Sustainability and Artificial Light: Energy Efficiency and the Rebound Effect
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Lighting in the U. S. is 18.8% of electricity use. Improved efficiency will decrease energy use, as the transition to compact fluorescent and solid state lighting proceeds. However, technological advances often result in lower prices and increased consumer demand, known as “rebound.” Will this be the norm for artificial lighting? Agent-based modeling permits three sustainability pillars (economic, social, and technological) to be integrated. Rebound effects approaching 100% are possible.