Replacing the roof, upgrading to a modern boiler, installing cavity wall insulation and getting a smart meter are among the ways Brits want to try to cut their energy bills, a study has found.
A poll of 2,000 adults found more than half long for a new roof to make their home more efficient while another 53 per want to replace their ageing boiler with a newer model.
Four in 10 want underfloor heating, and another 29 percent would love some kind of energy storage system in place.
And 44 percent of people who don’t already have a smart meter want to get one within the next few months to boost their home’s green credentials.
To celebrate Big Energy Saving Week, property guru Phil Spencer spoke about the importance of ‘going green’ in the home.
He said, “As a long-time supporter of taking steps to help the environment, it’s great to see a growing awareness of the importance of making your property energy efficient.
“It’s also starting to have an impact on the price of the property. You don’t need a small fortune to start making effective changes though.
“Installing draught proofing to stop heat escaping outside the house, switching to energy saving lightbulbs and getting a smart meter from your energy supplier to keep track of the energy you’re using are all simple, and low-cost ways to cut down on your usage, and contribute to a cleaner, greener, smarter Britain.”
The top most common ‘green’ items homes already have installed include energy saving bulbs, double glazing, and an ultra-efficient shower head.
One in five have also installed specialist draught proofing around doors and windows.
The research also found millennials put a higher value on making sure their home is energy efficient, as the most likely to pay a premium for a home which benefits the environment and reduces bills.
However, ‘Baby Boomers’ are actually more likely to have energy efficiency measures installed in their homes, with 84 per cent having energy-saving light bulbs installed, compared to 54 percent of those aged 18-24.
And more than three quarters of Baby Boomers have double glazing, compared to just 54 per cent of 18-24 year-olds.
To help you keep track of how much energy you are saving thanks to energy efficient measures, get a smart meter installed at no extra cost, by contacting your energy supplier or visit www.smartenergygb.org for more information.
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