Brits wasting £1bn in energy by failing to insulate
Brits are wasting around £1bn in energy each year as they simply "can't be bothered" to insulate their homes.
That is according to energy provider E.ON which carried out a survey of 2,000 homeowners to find out much they know about insulation and to provide advice on making their homes more energy efficient.
The results of the survey revealed one in ten households are failing to insulate cavity walls and lofts because it was too much effort, while 15% of respondents said they were put off as they didn’t know how to go about insulating their homes.
Meanwhile, 9% of homeowners even used the excuse of having too much clutter in the loft, while 3% said not having a ladder put them off insulating their homes.
Following the survey, E.ON calculated the average home could save up to £390 a year on their energy bills by insulating homes with cavity wall and loft insulation, which they say should pay for itself within four months. However, 57% of respondents said they had no idea that insulating their home would help them save so much money.
E.ON’s energy fitness officer, Kevin Bryant, said: “When we feel the cold, it’s very tempting to turn on or turn up the heating, but there are other long-term solutions which can make a big difference and help you save money on your bills.”
E.ON said it was also looking to break a widely-believed myth insulation only provides vital savings in winter, as 60% of respondents said they didn’t know insulation also helps keep homes cooler in the summer.
Mr Byrant added: “With a quarter of heat lost through uninsulated roofs and a third through uninsulated walls, installing cavity wall or loft insulation is one the best long-term approaches you can make to getting your home more energy fit.
“It’s easy. Just give us a call and we’ll make sure everything is taken care of from measuring up to the installation itself.”