In this Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2019 photo, George Johnson points to a thermostat at the barber shop where he works in Longwood, Fla. Johnson says he rarely uses public transportation but is worried about climate change and keeps his driving to a minimum. He sometimes takes other conservation steps such as eating vegetarian meals and planting trees while always turning off unnecessary lights. “You’ve got to start somewhere,” he said. “If everybody just turned off their lights one hour or anything, it can help.” (AP Photo/John Raoux)

AP-NORC poll: Energy-saving habits vary in popularity

September 27, 2019 - 1:05 pm

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. (AP) — Americans are only willing to go so far in terms of habits that conserve energy and reduce emissions that are warming the planet. That's according to a new poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.

The poll adds to research showing that many take modest steps save them time or money. But actions that would involve significant lifestyle choices such as diet or transportation are a tougher sell.

Roughly 9 in 10 Americans say they often or always turn off unnecessary lights, including 6 in 10 who do so all the time.

About half often or always set the thermostat at 68 degrees or lower in winter to reduce heating, while slightly fewer say they keep summertime air conditioning temperatures at 76 degrees or higher.

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