The Pulse: A Survey of Westchester County Residents' Energy Consumption and Conservation Habits


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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?
YES    65%
NO    35%

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%
carpooling      4%

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
transportation    13%
Cut our gasoline taxes     11%
Allow more off-shore drilling     9%

 

 

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