Study finds spillover between conserving water and electricity

Associate professor of economics Gabe Lade and Katrina Jessoe, an associate professor of agricultural and resource economics at the University of California-Davis, have released a new working paper that shows a relationship between conserving water and saving on electric bills.

Lade and Jessoe worked with utility companies to send water reports to selected users and monitor changes in utility use. What they found was that as consumers began conserving water, they also began conserving electricity.
“What we found is that the electricity savings we observed far exceed what you would expect to see if it were just coming from reductions in these appliances,” Lade told Radio Iowa in an interview.

(Released December 2017)