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The Green Life: New Poll: Americans Want Tax Breaks for Going Green

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February 08, 2011

New Poll: Americans Want Tax Breaks for Going Green

Money house Trying for an eco-friendly living space but having a hard time with the cost? You're not alone. A new poll indicates that many Americans need a little green from Uncle Sam to justify going green in their homes.

The poll, Shelton Group Utility Pulse, asked more than 1,000 homeowners and renters nationwide to describe their household energy-consumption and conservation habits, and how government incentives affect their decision-making. A quarter of respondents said that they wouldn’t have implemented energy-saving measures in their homes without tax incentives. Others expressed similar, if not so severe, reluctance.

The results come on the heels of a Dec. 17 tax bill that slashed federal credits by a third or more for energy-saving remodeling steps such as insulation, weather-stripping, and installing efficient windows and appliances. On Dec. 26, the Los Angeles Times reported that homebuilding and remodeling experts felt the tax-credit reduction would be a major turnoff to homeowners considering such improvements — a sentiment the Shelton Group says is affirmed by its poll.

The poll also found that those with the highest levels of income and education were most likely to integrate greener technologies early on, and were most “driven by environmentalism.”

Until the feds decide to give us common folk another break, however, remember that there are still many cost-effective ways to green your house.

--Tim McDonnell

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