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Renewables are top of UK's home energy wish lists

19 September 2014Solar Photovoltaic

An Ipsos MORI survey of over 2,000 people in the UK has show that nearly half of householders say they live in homes with draught problems, 38% with condensation problems and 29% in homes with mould. An even higher percentage of renters reported these problems.

Nearly a quarter of homeowners living in draughty homes planning to install energy efficiency upgrades in the next year, compared with 12 per cent of homeowners overall.

Renewables, such as solar panels, were considered to be the “ideal” energy efficiency improvement, and most respondents put renewables ahead of draught excluders and wall and loft insulation, even when draught problems were present.

The Energy Saving Trust estimates UK households could save a massive £5bn a year by undertaking the following:

• Installing solar panels to south facing detached and semi-detached homes would save over £3bn a year
• £1.8bn a year could be saved by switching appliances off rather than onto standby
• Replacing halogen lights with LEDs would save a huge £380m a year
• Line drying rather than using tumble dryers for the three months of summer would save £60m a year

David Weatherall, energy efficiency expert, Energy Saving Trust, says:

"Our homes are in better shape than a decade ago. Millions of cavity walls have been insulated in recent years and virtually no totally uninsulated lofts remain."

"We’ve now got to address leaky homes, encourage more people with suitable homes to invest in renewables and LED lighting and get people thinking about how, when and where they use energy. The bottom line is home owners will benefit from improving their property’s energy performance."

"The research shows that living in cold, draughty and damp homes is a big motivator for people to take action and that renewable technology is the thing that most excites."

"If UK households are considering making energy saving improvements to their home then now is the time to take action in preparation for the winter months and colder temperatures."

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