The Pulse: A Survey of Westchester County Residents' Energy Consumption and Conservation Habits
Is It Easy or Not Easy Being Green?
This month, we asked about your energy consumption and conservation habits (or lack thereof).
When it comes to energy conservation…
I try to conserve where I can, but it’s not easy (56%) I’m always leaving my lights and appliances on. Bad, right? (27%) I conserve so much I have the carbon footprint of a flea (17%)
Do you use compact fluorescent bulbs?
The biggest way I conserve energy is...
my Energy Star appliances 31%
my hybrid vehicle 20%
my miserly thermostat settings 16%
not going to the gym 16%
living in the dark 13%
The biggest way I waste energy is...
my numerous gadgets and appliances 36%
driving my gas-hogging SUV 31%
wasting water 17%
driving too much 9%
going to the gym 7%
What’s your position on Indian Point?
It should be phased out, but
only after we have replacement sources online 47%
Shut it down, pronto 24%
I’d rather have four-eyed fish in the
Hudson than face $500 electricity
bills from Con Ed 18%
What’s Indian Point? 11%
What is the most important thing you think we should do about the price of oil and gas?
Require more fuel-efficient vehicles 33%
Start walking and biking more 18%
Spend more research money to perfect alternative-energy vehicles 16%
Invest more in public
Cut our gasoline taxes 11%
Allow more off-shore drilling 9%