Even as Michigan legislators debated a bill that would turn back the clock on energy efficiency standards for light bulbs (much like the one that recently burned out in Congress), Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) reports that a solid major of state residents support energy efficient technologies and would like to see legislators, both at the federal and state level, set higher standards for appliances, light bulbs, and other household products.
Some notable findings of this poll, conducted on behalf of NRDC by Public Policy Polling, include the fact that 77 percent of voters in Michigan support the expanded use of energy efficiency technologies to help meet energy needs and reduce energy costs, with 85 percent of voters reporting having already having taken the initiative by installing energy efficient products in their homes or businesses.
Many of these “energy efficient products” are no doubt CFL bulbs, which a recent national study identified as transcending the red state/blue state divide, reporting that 81 percent of all U.S. households have become acquainted with. The Michigan poll echoed that strong bipartisan consensus, with 84 percent of Democrats, 76 percent of independents, and 69 percent of Republicans coming out in favor of stronger energy efficiency standards; 62 percent of poll respondants overall agreed that switching to more efficient lighting is an effective way to reduce energy waste.
Over 60 percent voiced support for leadership from federal legislators on stronger efficiency standards, and 58 percent of voters would like the state government in Ann Arbor require electric utilities like Detroit Edison and Consumers Energy to help their customers become more energy efficient.
Another interesting tidbit – the poll showed that 48 percent of voters said they would oppose attempts by elected officials to weaken or delay energy efficiency standards. (Whether or not that would translate into actual votes on election day, of course, remains to be seen.)