Americans really aren't doing a good job actually making home energy efficiency improvements, a new national survey finds.
Conducted by Shelton Group, the seventh annual Energy Pulse survey examined what energy efficiency steps just over 1500 US residents have already undertaken. It found that just 42% of people have installed high-efficiency windows, 39% have installed extra insulation; 37% have upgraded their heating or cooling system; and just 24% have installed high-efficiency water heaters.
As for home energy audits done so far, the numbers aren't that great at all: 15% have already gotten one, 33% even think they need to get one. Though slightly under half of people surveyed say they are likely to get one.
How much higher will energy prices have to go before Americans will undertake energy efficiency efforts? For people making over $100,000 a year, their monthly energy bills would have to increase $113; while for people earning under $25,000 a year, the monthly bill would have to increase $120. Parsed another way, the survey breaks the same question down along education lines: People with graduate degrees said it'd take a $98 increase to make further investment in home energy efficiency, while for people with a high school education or less it'd take a $122 uptick.
Read more: Energy Pulse 2011