Coloradans and others across the country in the lower income brackets have as much desire to use their electricity more efficiently in their homes as those in higher income brackets. But many assume that the smart technologies that would help are too expensive for them.
That was one of the key findings of a new report from the Smart Energy Consumer Collaborative.
The report was developed from a national survey of 1,000 consumers conducted last August and September. The survey included urban and rural dwellers, owners and renters, and households with and without children.
The report sheds light on behaviors, attitudes and values as they relate to energy efficiency, smart technology for home, renewable energy, electricity providers and climate change. It also looks at financial barriers, relationships with utilities, where these consumers obtain energy information and how these things have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
“As stakeholders better understand who these consumers are and what they value,” the SECC says in the report, “electricity providers, policymakers and consumer advocates will be better able to reach them and create new opportunities for these under-resourced consumers to participate in the smart energy future.”
To read the report, visit smartenergycc.org.