Lack of awareness and laziness are preventing people from taking up energy-saving measures like insulation that could help them to cut their heating bills, according to new research.
One in 10 people ‘can’t be bothered’ – or have too much extra clutter – to fit insulation in their loft or walls, according to a survey from energy company Eon.
The poll of 2,000 people revealed 57% were unaware of how much money they’d save by better insulating their homes, and 15% were unclear on how to go about getting the work done.
Cheap insulation cuts energy bills
It costs from £50 to fit loft insulation, but it could trim £145 a year from your energy bills, according to the Energy Saving Trust.
Cavity wall insulation costs around £250 and typically saves a previously uninsulated home £110 a year on heating bills – meaning it should pay for itself in around two years.
Look out for discounted cavity wall or loft insulation from energy companies, which are obliged to subsidise insulation measures for customers under the Carbon Emissions Reduction Target (Cert). There may also be grants available to help with the cost.
Generating energy at home
A separate poll by energy consultancy Gemserv, meanwhile, found that more than half of Brits (61%) would consider generating their own energy at home – by installing technology such as solar panels – but 65% were unsure of the help available.
Under the government’s feed-in tariff (FIT) scheme you can earn money by producing electricity at home using renewable technologies such as solar photovoltaic (PV) panels or wind turbines. Solar thermal heating systems and heat pumps are among the technologies eligible for the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), which works in a similar way to the FIT.
See the links below for more information to help you work out if there’s a suitable technology option for your home.