According to recently released results from The Harris Poll, which surveyed 2,056 adults online about their green energy use, Americans are gradually making their homes more energy efficient.
The poll showed that Americans are knowledgeable about different energy sources and are doing basic things to conserve energy such as turning off lights, televisions and other appliances when they're not in use, and replacing incandescent bulbs with fluorescent ones.
Fifty-six percent reported that they use power strips and 54 percent stated that they are now using low-watt bulbs.
Americans around the country are being helped by utilities that are controlling energy costs with Smart Meter technology, and 20 percent of Americans reported hearing from their utility or co-op about the energy efficiency tools available to them.
Sarah Simmons, senior research executive and industry thought leader, believes that Americans are troubled by the initial costs of converting to renewable energy sources, which could compel energy providers to be more creative in how they encourage customers to make the switch.
According to research firm Clean Edge, global revenue for solar photovoltaics, wind power and biofuels increased 31 percent to reach $246 billion in 2011, which is evidence that the world realizes the need for alternate energy sources.