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Emily White

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Ever taken an energy survey to test your knowledge as well as assess your attitudes toward energy specific topics? Would you pass if you did? The following is an overview of the first every national energy literacy survey.

National Energy Literacy Survey Overview

During the 2016-17 school year, NEF launched an unprecedented national initiative called the National Energy Literacy Survey. In partnership with Cicero Social Impact, a prominent market research firm, we surveyed 2,005 high school seniors across the country to measure their knowledge, attitudes and behaviors related to energy.

Energy literacy, as defined by the US Department of Energy, is “an understanding of the nature and role of energy in the world and daily lives accompanied by the ability to apply this understanding to answer questions and solve problems.” Energy literacy extends beyond simple scientific knowledge. It includes both a clear understanding of energy systems and an ability and willingness to use that knowledge.

Energy Survey Targets High School Seniors

What do these young and eager citizens think about energy issues? What have they been taught about consumption? How will they balance the economic and environmental impacts of energy production and use?

NEF targeted high school seniors for this national energy survey because of their pivotal age. Because students are transitioning into young adulthood and taking on greater responsibility for energy consumption and voting choices. Students are also at the end of their K-12 experience.  What have they learned, and what kind of attitudes and behaviors have they developed?

As energy topics and conversations drive the opinions of today, the voters and decision makers of the future will have a say in the national energy policies of tomorrow.

The following energy survey resources will provide a little taste of the answers to the above questions.  But the most relative insight of all is this: Although students have a basic understanding of energy efficiency, many gaps and misconceptions about energy still exist. There is still much work to do.

National Energy Literacy Survey Resources

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