New research from Nationwide Building Society has found that the average UK household will only consider making their home greener if their energy bills rise by £56 a month.
While the government is currently putting pressure on households to make changes to their homes to make them more energy efficient, this new survey shows that nearly half of households (46%) are concerned about the costs associated with greening, while 30% of people are concerned that they are being overcharged because they find green improvements so confusing.
Survey shows confusion and skepticism
The survey of more than 2,000 adults found that people are confused about the benefits of going green. They have also been shown to be wary and skeptical about making any changes to their home.
The survey found that people are six times more likely to know that “lol” stands for laughing out loud than to know that “EPC” stands for energy performance certificate. In addition, 53% of the respondents do not know what CO2 is and 75% do not know what net zero means.
As a result, it’s clear that a lot more work needs to be done to make sure people understand the importance of going green. This is particularly the case as households account for 15% of all emissions in the UK.
The good news, however, is that 50% of those surveyed consider themselves ‘environmentally friendly consumers’. And as energy bills are set to rise in the coming months and the price cap is expected to rise, many households are likely to start showing interest in green initiatives as energy bills are likely to skyrocket.
Start going green today
The good news is that if you want to save money on your energy bill and go green in the process, there are a number of ways you can make positive changes today.
By taking a few simple and straightforward steps you can reduce the amount you spend on your energy each day and turning off some appliances when not in use can save you up to £75 a year on your bills.
And if you’re looking to go green, a great way to become eco-friendly is to switch to a green energy supplier. By conducting an online energy comparison, you will be presented with a comprehensive list of green energy suppliers offering rates in your area. After adding a few basic details about your home and energy usage, you’ll be presented with the best energy deals in your area from these suppliers and the amount you could save by switching to them. In some cases you can save €200 by switching.
As an added bonus, many of these green suppliers, such as Bulb and Octopus, are also among the best energy suppliers in the UK. This means you can help the planet, upgrade your service and save money at the same time.
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