Research has claimed that 4 in 10 British householders think they can’t afford to be energy efficient whilst 22% have stated that they merely cannot be bothered. The study of 2,000 people discovered that 9 in 10 people said they had heard of the concept of energy efficiency and 72% know that it could save them money on their energy bills.
There was a collective of terms as to what energy efficiency actually means, 70% said that it means reducing your energy usage, 13% believe it uses alternative energy, 6% were not quite sure and the others surveyed thought it meant installing insulation and making improvements to aid in climate change.
The main measure that 63% of people have taken “to be energy efficient” is the quick and easy methods such as insulation and draught proofing, with only 5% making long term improvements such as solar panels and a small 0.3% have installed biomass boilers.
45% of householders are conscious of the effect that their energy usage has on the environment but almost a quarter feel that their usages wont make much of a difference.
Npower who carried out the research propose that people need more motivation and should be more aware of environmental schemes such as Green Deal to help with costs of installation.
Consumers do not realise that one of the top 10 ways to save money is by being energy efficient and using renewable sources where possible and looking at the long term planning. Solar panels and ground source heat pumps are a source of self-generation technology that will help to save money and help the environment, people just need to understand the importance of renewable energy to help combat climate change.