my education in economics: an anti-Jevons anecdote

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The Jevons Paradox would suggest that our new solar panels would give me an easy comfort about using more electricity.

And yet, ever since we gathered two weeks ago with the installers and the electric company guy in the ritual of turning them on and watching the meter run backward, I have been obsessed with turning off lights, rather than willing to leave them on.

I am a living anti-Jevons anecdote.


  1. Did you have a solar-friendly arborist come out and ensure your trees aren’t in the way? I’m writing a book about it if there aren’t any in your area…




  2. Jevons paradox is greatly over rated.

    Eli observes that Jevons made his observation at a time when coal was getting cheaper and more was being found as well as increasing manufacturing and mining efficiencies. That is not the case today, either with coal or oil, in fact, increasing fuel economy standards are coming at a time when the costs of extracting petroleum and refining the lower grades that are being extracted are rising. Thus one should on simple grounds expect much less of a rebound.

    As long as you are not getting the last Watt out of your solar, you have a reason to turn out the lights.

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