A new poll involving 2,000 adults, just published, and commissioned by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) shows that 47 percent of people want to know whether their home is suitable for renewable energy technology and 59 per cent of people said they were more likely to rent or buy a property with a renewable energy system installed like solar panels or a heat pump.
Given a list of energy efficient and clean energy measures, 23 per cent of people said, with money no object and assuming suitability, they would like to see renewable energy technology installed in their home. This was the most popular measure ahead of upgrading windows and installing a new boiler.
Energy efficiency expert at the EST, David Weatherall, said the survey had demonstrated the "importance of comfort, such as the condition of the home, to homeowners in acting as motivation for energy saving improvements."
Ecoliving Founder and Director, Mark Henderson said, "This isn't the first research to find a growing interest in onsite renewable energy but it comes at a time when there are excellent incentives now available for the householder in the form of FiTs for solar PV and domestic RHI for renewable heating technologies like biomass boilers, heat pumps and solar thermal. That said, we are still living with a schizophrenic government with voters receiving conflicting messages in support of renewables, demonstrated by availability of FiTs and RHI, on the one hand and at the same time watching as the government desperately seeks to drive through law reforms to enable fracking under our homes and in our National Parks!."
Dave Sowden, chief executive of the Sustainable Energy Association, pointed out that the survey highlighted an opportunity to harness interest in renewables to drive wider energy-saving property improvements. "This research provides proper evidence that almost half the population is interested in solar panels or low carbon and renewable heating," he said. "Quite properly this should be used as a means for ensuring we take every opportunity to insulate, draught-proof and upgrade heating controls as well, where the economic case is also compelling."