The UK housing stock problems highlighted in a survey that highlights draught, condensation and mould are prevalent
New research tapping into the public’s energy saving attitudes and behaviours has been revealed by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) in the first of a series of public opinion trackers known as the UK Pulse.
The findings from the Ipsos MORI survey of over 2,000 UK respondents show nearly half of householders (44%) claim to live in homes with draught problems, 38% in homes with condensation problems and 29% in homes with mould. All three issues were even higher among renters.
Home owners with these problems are the most likely to be taking action with 24% living in draughty homes planning to install energy efficiency upgrades in the next year, compared with 12% of homeowners overall.
Home renewables, e.g. solar panels, were considered to be the ‘ideal’ energy efficiency improvement if money and upheaval were no object, with most respondents putting this ahead of wall and loft insulation and draught excluders, despite often living in homes with draught problems.
40% of those whose energy use feels out of control, blame too many appliances in their home. Many households were not sure how much electricity their appliances used.
EST estimates UK households could save a staggering £5 billion a year through making simple changes to their energy use and investing in home renewables, including installation of solar panels and switching appliances off, rather than on stand-by.
“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,” stated David Weatherall, Energy Efficiency Expert, EST. “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.
Caption David Weatherall, energy efficiency expert, Energy Saving Trust – “home owners will benefit from improving their property’s energy performance”.