With another Earth Day celebrated and passed, what has the U.S. actually changed in terms of its energy consumption and reduction process?
According to The Harris Poll, not much. The poll, taken by over 2,000 adults in February of 2014, revealed that few people spanning all demographic groups have taken steps toward energy-saving habits.
Although most Americans do turn off their electrical appliances when not in use, even that number has dropped 4 percent from 79 percent in 2014 and a high of 82 percent in 2012 to 75 percent now.
There has been a decrease in other areas of energy efficiency including:
- 50 percent replacing incandescent bulbs with florescent bulbs down from 55 percent in 2014.
- 47 percent of Americans look for an Energy Star label down from 50 percent in 2014.
- 49 percent use power strips for home electronics down from 50 percent in 2014.
- 40 percent take shorter, colder showers down from 45 percent in 2014.
Reputation & Public Relations Practice Leader for Harris Poll, Carol M. Gstalder believes this is due to the decrease in energy prices.
"As energy prices drop, so do consumers' commitment to energy-saving decisions from replacing light bulbs and water heaters to installing solar," she said.
In general, Americans across all demographics believe that solar and wind power are the best energy sources for the environment. Coal and nuclear are the worst.
What can be done now? Start with your home.
The poll indicated only 11 percent of people have looked into conducting a home energy efficiency inspection. Alban Inspections can help with that.
Alban professionals are experienced in heating and insulation specialties as well as radon testing and energy consumption. Visit our website for more information or to schedule an inspection appointment.