Of more than 3,400 consumers surveyed, 84 percent were worried about U.S. consumption of oil from foreign sources and 76 percent about a lack of progress in developing better ways to use energy efficiently and develop renewable sources, according to the Energy Poll.
Some 68 percent of those polled are concerned about the energy efficiency of their homes and 60 percent about global energy issues.
According to the poll, the majority of Americans see energy prices as high and likely to increase and the university says that energy prices are the most compelling and immediate issue for consumers. For instance, 69 percent of middle-aged households with children expect energy costs to grow as a percentage of their household budget in the next year, the university says.
According to a report out in October, an emerging wireless-enabled environment has the potential to drive billions of dollars in energy savings in a range of American industries.
Wireless and the Environment: A Review of Opportunities and Challenges, released by BSR, says that, if rolled out nationally, wireless smart grids could eliminate 360 million metric tons of CO2. This is equivalent to the annual energy use of 30 million U.S. homes, the report says.