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The Women's Survey on Energy & the Environment, an in-depth women's survey on attitudes and awareness about energy, shows that women are paying the electric bills at home and making the critical decisions on energy use in their homes and businesses.

The nationally representative survey of 801 women 18 years or older, commissioned by Women Impacting Public Policy (WIPP) in collaboration with the Women's Council on Energy and the Environment, shows that women want the country to move toward clean energy sources, and more than half (57%) are even willing to pay $30 more per month for it. Yet they don't completely understand the electricity sources we use today, the impact of electricity on clean air and what is causing global warming.

"Women have a huge stake in our nation's energy future and can play a vital role in moving our country toward clean sources of electricity, such as wind, solar and nuclear, that do not pollute the air we breathe or contribute to global warming," says Barbara Kasoff, president of WIPP. "With so much resting on the energy and environment policy decisions we make today, every woman's voice counts now more than ever."

The survey also shows the following:

- Seventy-seven percent of women take primary or equal responsibility for paying their electricity bills, including 91% of unmarried women and 70% of married women;

- Ninety-one percent of women, including 86% of married women, play a dominant or equal role in conserving electricity at home;

- When it comes to the country's energy policy, 43% cite moving to clean energy over any other issue (reliability or affordability of electricity) as their most important goal; and

- Women are enthusiastic about solar and wind energy – 90% and 89%, respectively think they should play either a very important or somewhat important role in our country's energy future.

For more information, visit wipp.org or wcee.org.

SOURCE: Wind Power Works, Women's Council on Energy and the Environment

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