Four in 10 British householders believe they “cannot afford” to be energy efficient
New research claims four in 10 British householders believe they “cannot afford” to be energy efficient whilst 22% said they “can’t be bothered”, writes Energy Live News.
The study of 2,000 people, carried out by npower, also found nine in 10 said they have heard of energy efficiency and nearly three quarters (72%) know it can help save money on their bills.
When asked what the term means, 70% said reducing energy use, 13% believe it means using alternative energy, 6% was not sure whilst the rest said it means installing insulation and making improvements to combat climate change.
While 62% said they have installed “quick and easy” energy saving measures such as insulation and draught proofing, only 5% have invested in longer term improvements such as solar panels and 0.3% have installed biomass boilers.
Just under half (45%) of householders also said they are conscious of the effect their energy use has on the environment but nearly a quarter believe their actions won’t make a difference.