WASHINGTON— A new study by University of Washington researchers has found that a majority of Americans would prefer to use renewable energy at home if given the option. Individuals surveyed in the project, published in June by the journal Energy Policy, indicated they would shift electricity use to cut fossil fuel consumption and carbon emissions regardless of political affiliation, age or gender.
The researchers are using the study’s findings to develop an app that will allow users to monitor where their electricity is coming from in real time and use more renewable sources in lieu of fossil fuels by shifting consumption practices.
“Americans have once again overwhelmingly shown their support for renewable energy. This study adds to the growing evidence that we can and must rapidly shift away from dirty fossil fuels to a society powered by wind and solar,” said Chad Tudenggongbu, senior renewable energy campaigner at the Center for Biological Diversity. “Reducing dependence on fossil fuels saves customers money and protects the planet. And utility customers will shift their behavior to use more wind and solar when they’re given the right tools to do that. We all want to fight the disastrous effects of climate change, regardless of political party.”
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