Energy Efficiency Policies Rank High with Americans, Polls Show

Energy Efficiency Policies Rank High with Americans, Polls Show

Yesterday Gallup released results from its March 6-9 Social Series Environment poll, which found that Americans still favor energy conservation over production. Such a finding has been consistent since Gallup began asking the question in 2001.

According to Gallup, “Americans' long-standing preference for emphasizing conservation over production in U.S. energy policy has rebounded, now matching levels seen in prior years.”

The Gallup survey found that:

  • About one-third in the U.S. now favors greater emphasis on energy production as the solution.
  • 57% of Americans say the U.S. should emphasize conservation in its approach to solve the nation's energy problems
  • 64% of Americans prefer an emphasis on the development of alternative energy production, such as wind and solar power, to an emphasis on production of traditional fossil fuels.

Gallup’s findings on conservation mirror those of a NEMA and NAM survey released in February. This poll, commissioned by McLaughlin & Associates, found that 9 in 10 likely voters support energy efficiency as a key part of the solution addressing our energy challenges. Results showed a desire for greater adoption of efficient technologies throughout our economy, including the federal government, where tax dollars can be saved.

To view Gallup’s pull results in their entirety, click here:

To view the NEMA/NAM results in their entirety, click here.

NEMA has long held that energy efficiency is our “first fuel,” because it’s the only one that’s 100% efficient, plus it’s the cleanest and greenest way to meet America’s energy needs. That Americans broadly support energy effienecy says a lot about a smarter and greener future for the country.

One thought on “Energy Efficiency Policies Rank High with Americans, Polls Show

  1. The polling information is provocative. It sounds like there is a fair amount of support for improved energy efficiency and conservation. If so, that’s encouraging. In our case, we’ve reduced our utility usage by 50% over the past few years.

    Still, I’m wondering about the reality of energy usage versus the claims from the polls. I’m wondering how many of those supporting efficiency could help calibrate their tangible motivation by stating how much improvement they personally have achieved over the past 10 years. I suspect we’d find the interest at this stage is more academic than tangible. Better to wait for the other guy to do it or wait for the utility to do it or maybe wait for legislation to do it? If 57% favor greater emphasis on conservation, how much have they personally conserved? If 64% prefer emphasis on alternative energy production, how many have installed solar or wind projects? How much extra would they want to pay on their utility bill for alternative energy? Would they want to pay this if it were voluntary?

    Part of my wondering is based on inquiring contractors as to their interest in energy efficiency and conservation projects. So far the consensus seems to be “it’s more TALK than reality” and until it’s REAL, contractors will look elsewhere. More than regulation or legislation, I’d like to see more personal responsibility for efficiency and conservation. I’d like to see advocates disclosing their hard earned energy gains as proof of credibility. Thus, poll responders could share their gains and authors of energy efficiency articles could do likewise.

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