Energy affordability evens out in 2016

For the first time since the start of our quarterly Energy Survey, home energy and gasoline have run neck-and-neck in terms of affordability for an entire year. That is to say, 2016 saw no statistically significant difference between the two indices, a situation never before observed for four consecutive quarters. Though customers recently feel similarly […]

Are women the fairer and more pro-environmental sex?

At the Energy Survey, we’ve examined the responses of American consumers as influenced by a number of different factors including income, geographic region and age. All of these have given us wonderful insights. However, we haven’t discussed one of the most compelling variables until now, which is gender. Based on our survey, women and men […]

News coverage in 2015

Stories during the Energy Survey’s second year picked up on our findings about the average U.S. consumers’ relatively high thresholds of “energy price pain.” Reporters interpreted our data as further evidence for the challenges faced by efforts to motivate consumers, even “green” consumers, to conserve energy. Coverage also noted the relatively high level of concern […]

Even with falling prices at the pump, consumers find home energy more affordable than gasoline

ANN ARBOR — Consumers say their home energy bills would have to more than double before they become unaffordable, according to the University of Michigan Energy Survey. The survey measures the affordability of consumer energy costs based on two key indicators: home energy bills and gasoline prices. Consumer sentiment regarding home energy expenses has remained […]

University of Michigan Energy Survey unveils two new tools to track consumer energy attitudes

Two new tools from the University of Michigan Energy Survey are tracking consumer attitudes about the cost of energy, how consumers react to changes in energy prices, and how consumer attitudes about the cost of energy changes over time. Both the Gasoline Affordability Index and the Home Energy Affordability Index grow out of  two years […]

What if gas became unaffordable? Americans say they are most likely to use different transportation

ANN ARBOR — This summer, in most parts of the country, average pump prices have been nearly a dollar per gallon lower than the previous three years. But the price of oil can be quite volatile, and so what do consumers say they’d do if gasoline became unaffordable? Personal vehicles are a staple form of […]

U-M survey reveals how personal concerns, income shape consumer attitudes about energy

ANN ARBOR — Americans are just as concerned about energy’s impact on the environment as they are about its affordability, according to first-year results of the University of Michigan Energy Survey. Consumers also express much greater sensitivity to higher gasoline prices than they do to higher home energy bills. Conducted quarterly, the U-M Energy Survey […]

Stories from the Energy Survey’s first year, 2014

The U-M Energy Survey was launched in October 2013 and issued a first report in March 2014. It was newsworthy in several ways, not the least of which was the survey’s pedigree as an addition to the nationally recognized U-M Surveys of Consumers. The survey probed consumers’ views on energy in ways that hadn’t been done before. […]

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