Three in four UK homeowners do not plan to make their homes more energy efficient, and could be missing out on reducing their heating bills, research suggests.

A survey of 2,000 UK homeowners by energy supplier Utilita investigated attitudes towards energy efficiency, and the measures that can be introduced to improve homes.

Concerningly, just one in four homeowners has plans to bolster their home’s energy efficiency. These findings follow a study earlier this month that revealed around 12,000 homes fail to meet energy efficiency targets, falling below an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) grade of C.

The respondents said they’d be willing to spend an average of just under £2,000 to make their homes more eco-friendly. 

Furthermore, only 20% of homeowners believe the UK government has done enough to educate homeowners about the benefits of reducing their energy consumption.

The Benefits of Energy Efficiency

Retrofitting your home to be more energy efficient can reduce your energy output and thus, reduce your energy bills. Moreover, upgrading your home’s energy rating can increase its value by £25,000, according to new research.

Those who design and build their own homes have the opportunity to make their homes more energy efficient from the outset.

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Making your home eco-friendly also means you will pump less harmful carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. 

How to Make Your Home Eco-Friendly

You can retrofit your home to be more eco-friendly through measures such as installing insulation and upgrading your boiler. Even quick jobs such as replacing your light bulbs with energy-efficient light bulbs can make a difference. 

Insulating your loft and cavity wall can also help to keep heat in, and both external and internal wall insulation could save up to £455 on annual heating bills, according to the Energy Saving Trust.

Despite only one in four homeowners harbouring eco plans, the Utilita study found that just under two thirds of respondents have installed energy-efficient lightbulbs, to make their homes more green. And around 52% of those said they had opted for cavity wall insulation. 

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