Brits’ growing interest in energy efficiency

Almost 9 in 10 (89%) of Brits regard energy efficiency and energy savings as the most important factor when carrying out home improvements, according to new research by Schneider Electric.

With the average Brit spending £1,458 on home improvements in the next three years, homeowners are now expected to focus investment on becoming more eco-friendly, according to a survey of 2,000 people.

While energy efficiency and usage (89%) topped the list of common priorities, it was followed closely by the more traditional factors, namely comfort (87%) and design (75%). Investing in sustainability, such as installing solar panels, came soon after, being a priority to just over-two thirds (65%).

Striving towards a net zero home 

Over half (55%) of Brits say that it is now important to them for their home to reach net zero emissions in their lifetime. The majority of adults say that it is important to them personally to reach net zero emissions in their home, rising as high as 60% for those aged 35 to 54. Net zero homes are vital in solving the climate change challenges and, homeowners need to adopt sustainable features to address this. By generating as much clean, renewable electricity as they consume, homeowners will be able to tackle this problem.

“Despite most consumers owning a piece of smart technology, it isn’t revolutionising the way we live and how we save energy, potentially even adding to our environmental footprint. Consumers will struggle to enact change if their homes don’t become more connected,” said Nico van de Merwe, VP of Home and Distribution at Schneider Electric. “By creating connected energy efficiency solutions acting like a ‘Fitbit for your home’ we will enable unprecedented visibility over energy habits at home that consumers will easily understand and adjust their energy usage to meet specific goals, mapping their progress towards net zero homes in achievable steps. As our homes become truly intelligent, a firm foundation for net zero homes will emerge.”

However, despite a majority factoring net zero as important, only 29% agree that this is likely to happen within their lifetime, falling as low as 13% of those aged 55 and over. Many individuals (59%) believe that it is the government’s responsibility to address this, introducing clearer policies to drive genuine change. Governments and technology companies need to provide easy solutions to consumers to ensure change becomes a reality. Schneider Electric is leading the charge in doing just that.

Nico van de Merwe, VP of Home and Distribution at Schneider Electric, continued: “There is now an evident increase in the number of people wanting to make energy efficient and eco-friendly improvements to their homes, with comfort, size and design no longer topping the list. There are a multitude of features, ranging from installing smart energy monitors, electric charging stations, smart solar panels or smart thermostats, which can be easily implemented to make this happen. Individuals must continue to adopt new sustainable features to make their home energy efficient and tackle climate change, with specific help from government initiatives such as The Green Homes grant to help along the way.”


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