U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Vehicle Technologies Office
Fact #407: January 16, 2006
Vehicle Fuel Cost vs. Home Heating Cost: Which Causes More Concern?
An October survey showed that the cost of fuel for operating a vehicle was of greater concern than the cost of heating the home, with the exception of those in the Northeast region. Over half of the respondents in the South and the West said that vehicle fuel cost was more of a concern, probably due to the milder climates in those regions.
Question: Are you more concerned about the cost of fuel for your vehicle or the cost of heat for your home?
More concerned about cost of fuel for operating vehicle of heating home:
Source: Opinion Research Corporation, survey for the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, conducted October 28, 2005. N=1,000.
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