Non-Renewable Energy Data Analysis

There were 143 respondents to the survey. They were 52.45% female (75) and 47.55% male (68). The survey respondents skewed older than the national average. The median age in the UK is 40.5, and 54.17% of survey respondents were over the age of forty. So the age skews only slightly older than the total UK population. Children were underrepresented in the survey. 17.44% of UK citizens are aged 15 or under, but in the survey only 9.03% were 17 or younger. Some 59.03% of respondents reported themselves to be married, with 25% reporting “never married.” A relatively low number reported cohabitation or domestic partnership.

Most of the survey respondents were employed, at 59.03%. A total of 4.86% reported that they are unemployed and looking for work, slightly lower than the national unemployment rate of 5.4%. While 10.42% of respondents are over the age of 60, only 4.86% report being retired. This implies that perhaps many of the over 60 respondents are between the ages of 60 and 65. All told, the survey reached a moderately representative sample by age of UK citizens. There were some differences that could have been accounted for with a larger survey size, but for the most part the data provides a reasonable snapshot of the UK population.

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Almost all of the respondents reported that they know the difference between renewable and non-renewable energy. 93.01% reported this. There were only 2 respondents (1.4%) who reported that they do not know the difference, and a further 8 (5.59%) who reported that they are not sure. So the level of education regarding renewable energy in the UK is very high. Given this, one would expect a relatively low percentage of errors in identifying which sources of energy are renewable or not. There were a few errors on the survey, as some renewable sources (hydroelectric, wind, wave and solar) were identified by a couple of respondents as being non-renewable, but the numbers were within the expected range.

There were three categories where there was some confusion — wood, geothermal and biomass. Biomass may be poorly understood in general. Wood is an interesting one, because while technically wood is a renewable energy source, that depends on the rate of deforestation. Britain was once almost entirely covered by forest, until it was cleared for fuel and farming. Nuclear was also seen as confusing — it sort of is confusing because while we cannot create new uranium, there is more than enough to power the world for a very long time.

The survey respondents showed that Britons are very concerned about non-renewable sources running out — over 50% claimed to be “very concerned” or “extremely concerned” about this possibility. Yet, 58.4% claimed that they would be unhappy if a nuclear power facility was built in their area.. Surprisingly perhaps, there was more concern about running out of non-renewable energy than there was about the damage it is doing to the environment. The average score of respondents with respect to worry about damage…

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