Householders Urged Not To Forget Energy Efficiency

22 October 2013

The Energy Saving Trust is urging UK householders not to forget about the benefits of energy efficiency as discussions surrounding larger energy reduction measures continue to escalate.

With more and more coverage being given to the likes of fracking and wind farms, the Energy Saving Trust believes that householders are being distracted from simpler energy-saving measures such as Loft Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation.

In a survey carried out on behalf of the Trust, only 20% of 2,000 people questioned said they looked at ways to reduce their energy usage after hearing about wind farms. Even fewer considered change after learning about fracking (18%).

“People are bamboozled by big debates leading to mixed-messaging on energy issues like fracking, rising bills, energy demand and wind turbines,” explained Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust.

“On the one hand, fear around UK energy supply and rising bills is making people want to take action at home and reduce the amount of energy they use, but on the other hand debates on issues like fracking and wind turbines appear to be distracting the public from making meaningful energy efficiency upgrades which could save them even more money.

“Pound for pound, using less energy in the first place is by far and away the most cost-effective thing to do and should be the UK’s number one priority.”

The Energy Saving Trust recently launched Energy Saving Week to promote the benefits of energy efficiency in the home.

Home insulation was one of the topics of conversation during the initiative, with the benefits of Loft Insulation, Solid Wall Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation amongst those measures being promoted.

With an estimated 13.5 million UK homes without sufficient wall insulation, Solid Wall Insulation and Cavity Wall Insulation have the potential to save millions of householders when it comes to their fuel bills. According to the Energy Saving Trust, Cavity Wall Insulation can save an average of £140 per year, while Solid Wall Insulation can save up to £475. In turn, Loft Insulation – which could be fitted in up to 5.5 million homes – could add an additional £180 of savings.

All three measures are available under the Government’s energy efficiency schemes, the Green Deal and Energy Company Obligation.

“Through Energy Saving Week we’re continuing to encourage households to look at their home and see what they can do improve its energy efficiency in time for winter,” Sellwood continued.

“The higher-cost measures, such as wall insulation, have higher long-term rewards for homeowners, but even small changes around the home – like fitting draught excluders – can make a big difference to energy bills and comfort levels.”

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