En Español (866) 963-9353
PO Box 975428
Dallas, TX 75397-5428

Do Americans Understand How Fossil Fuels Are Used?

We're Here to Help

Thoughts on Our Present and Future Power Sources

America relies on a number of different energy sources, including natural gas, coal, nuclear, wind, and hydroelectric power. To explore Americans’ thoughts about our energy sources, we asked 1,000 of them what they think is powering our nation and if they feel it should change. How knowledgeable are they about our energy, and how would they prefer we source it?

Fossil fuels in the U.S.
Fossil fuels in the U.S.

Key Takeaways

  • Just 23% of Americans correctly identified petroleum as the primary source of energy consumed in the U.S.
    • Only 17% of Gen Zers were able to correctly identify petroleum as the largest source of energy consumed in the U.S.
  • Just 34% of Americans know that natural gas is the primary energy type produced by the U.S.
  • 1 in 10 Americans were not aware that any of these are made using oil and natural gas.
  • What Americans most SUPPORT using fossil fuels for:
    • Transportation (50%)
    • Manufacturing (47%)
    • Energy generation (44%)
  • What Americans most OPPOSE using fossil fuels for:
    • Cosmetics (53%)
    • Outdoors/sports gear (38%)
    • Household supplies (36%)
  • What each generation most SUPPORTS or OPPOSES using fossil fuels for:
    • Baby boomers:
      • SUPPORTS: Manufacturing (93%)
      • OPPOSES: Electronics (23%)
    • Gen X:
      • SUPPORTS: Transportation (79%)
      • OPPOSES: Cosmetics (28%)
    • Millennials:
      • SUPPORTS: Transportation (79%)
      • OPPOSES: Cosmetics (42%)
    • Gen Z:
      • SUPPORTS: Manufacturing (82%)
      • OPPOSES: Outdoor equipment/sports gear (36%)
What energy source do Americans want?
What energy source do Americans want?

Key Takeaways

  • Percentage of each generation wanting nuclear electric power to be the main source of power in the U.S.:
    • Baby boomers: 28%
    • Gen Xers: 19%
    • Millennials: 26%
    • Gen Zers: 35%
  • 54% of women want solar to be the main power source, compared to 34% of men.
  • 37% of men want nuclear electric power to be the main power source, compared to 13% of women.


Payless Power surveyed 1,007 Americans about fossil fuels. Of them, 50% were Democrats, 21% were Republicans, 21% had no affiliation, and the remainder were supporters of another party. As for gender, 50% of respondents were male, 48% were female, and 2% were nonbinary.

About Payless Power

We make sure Texans have access to reliable, affordable power. Get instantly approved for an energy plan that suits your financial needs.

Fair Use Statement

If you’d like to share our findings for any non-commercial purpose, you’re welcome to do so as long as you include a link to this page.

What our customers are saying

See why our power customers say we're the best electricity provider in Texas!

Affordable and easy to make payments

I was worried about getting electricity for my home through a prepaid company. I was calling around to see different rates then going through all the hassle of credit checks while dropping points each…

Christine M. in Killeen

Happy Customer

I have been with this company for several years and have been very happy since. Even when I moved, they made my usually stressful situation very easy and carefree. I recommend them to everyone that I…

Julia L. in Webster

Long term customer

I have enjoyed the service for 2 years now. In the beginning this service was planned to be temporary but with the service being so effective for me i decided to keep it for the long haul. I’m a happy customer.

Kalandra H. in McKinney