Americans indicate strong support for energy efficiency: What about you?
February 27, 2014 - Efforts to promote energy efficiency enjoy overwhelming support among key political demographics in the United States, according to a poll released today by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM).
By Anthony Capkun
Commissioned by McLaughlin & Associates, the poll finds 9 in 10 likely voters support energy efficiency as a key part of the solution for addressing our energy challenges. Results show a desire for greater adoption of efficient technologies throughout the economy, including the federal government.
“The results prove that energy efficiency is a winning topic with consumers. An investment in energy efficiency returns significant cost savings,” said NEMA president and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “Energy efficiency policies for the residential, commercial and industrial sectors should be a central component to any national energy policy.”
The poll of 1000 likely voters indicates broad support of energy efficiency among conservative, moderate and liberal groups, say NEMA and NAM. In addition, each of these groups would be more likely to support a member of Congress who voted for energy efficiency policies.
“Energy efficiency will continue to play a critical role in our nation’s ability to succeed economically, and common-sense energy efficiency legislation is a win-win that means savings for manufacturers and their communities,” added NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons. “These results show that consumers from across the political spectrum agree that energy efficiency is a key part of our nation’s energy future.”
NEMA is an industry association whose 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products, including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. NAM, meantime, says it is the largest manufacturing association in the States, representing small and large manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states.