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Energy Saving A Low Priority

Press Release
31 Jan 2008

The Renewable Energy says it is no surprise Energy Saving is a low priority for House Buyers in the UK

The Renewable Energy Centre stated today that despite all the warnings and publicity surrounding climate change the UK population is still far behind Europe when it comes to energy saving in the home. A survey released last week revealed shocking statistics that environmentally friendly features came seventh in the overall list of priorities for people looking to build a property.

Norwich and Peterborough Building Society (N&P) issued a survey to its customers to find out what would be important to them if they could build a house to their individual requirements. Top of the list were designer kitchens and en-suite bathrooms or wet rooms while below environmentally friendly features were dressing rooms and wireless technology. Another report issued by Hamptons International which surveyed people in London looking to buy homes, revealed that 67% did not think energy saving features were important to their decision making.

The Renewable Energy said these figures came as no surprise despite the advent of the energy performance certificates and ongoing publicity about the environment. It commented that the only way forward in order for people to take action, is for the government to introduce legislation and tax incentives for green initiatives.

Much of the UK’s carbon emissions come from existing housing stock and although the energy rating of a property should now be a deciding factor for buyers it is clear there is still a long way to go. The Renewable Energy Centre stated that on the surface the public interest in greener living appears very positive, for example in the N&P survey 89 percent of people agreed with the government’s emissions targets for 2016 and 81 percent said they would install energy saving technologies in a house made to order. However, in practice the pubic are clearly not willing to invest in renewable technologies mainly for reasons of cost, inconvenience and aesthetics.

The Renewable Energy Centre said it supported the steps the government has taken thus far but strongly recommended a specific and strategic set of incentives to bring the UK forward as a country committed to reducing carbon emissions both at the individual and national level. It commented that introducing some policies might be unpopular but strong leadership and tough legislation would bring about significant change and have a positive effect on climate change.

The Renewable Energy Centre is currently the market leader in providing online information across eleven renewable energy technologies and is committed to promoting UK businesses in the sector.

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Notes for Editors:

The Renewable Energy Centre is committed to informing all online users about energy saving and renewable energy in order to:

  • increase public awareness through accurate and informative resources
  • create business opportunities throughout the UK through its’ local and national directories.

For more information contact:

Angela Gallacher (Head of Press and Marketing)
Telephone: +44 (0)1926 865 835
Address: 1 Alpha House, Farmer Ward Road, Kenilworth, Warwickshire, CV8 2ED

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