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Summary

  • Upfront costs are a barrier to improving energy efficiency in the home for 51% of residents
  • A further 31% are not the decision-maker for these kind of improvements
  • Around a fifth (19%) don’t know what is available or what would be suitable for their home

What prevents you, if anything, from improving the energy efficiency of your home?

Weighted base: 1,620

This chart shows that:
51% of residents are prevented from improving the energy efficiency of their home due to upfront costs
31% of residents are prevented from improving the energy efficiency of their home due to the fact that it is not their decision, such as their property being rented or leasehold
19% of residents are prevented from improving the energy efficiency of their home due to not knowing what options are available or what is suitable
17% of residents say that nothing prevents them or everything has been done to improve the energy efficiency of their home
8% of residents are prevented from improving the energy efficiency of their home as their property is not suitable
2% of residents are not interested in improving the energy efficiency of their home
2% of residents say something else prevents them from improving the energy efficiency of their home

Key differences by demographic

Sex

A slightly higher percentage of females cite not knowing what the options are and that it is not their decision. A slightly higher percentage of males say their property is not suitable

Age

Not surprisingly, younger residents are more likely to state that it is not their decision (e.g. rented accommodation). A higher percentage of older residents state that everything has been done

Ethnic group

Those from an ethnic minority are more likely to report that they don’t know what the options are