New research by Schneider Electric shows that almost 9 in 10 (89%) Brits regard energy efficiency and energy savings as the most important factor when carrying out home improvements.
With the average Brit predicted to spend £1,458 on home improvements in the next three years, homeowners are now expected to focus investment on becoming more eco-friendly.
The survey of 2,000 UK consumers highlighted the shifting mindset of homeowners post-COVID 19.
In a list of common priorities, energy efficiency and usage came in at the top with 89%, while more traditional factors, such as comfort and design followed closely behind. Investing in sustainability, such as installing solar panels, came in fourth, being a priority to just over two-thirds.
On the other hand, features such as increasing the size of a home or new entertainment systems were regarded as less important (49% and 41%), showing that while budgets are tight, large scale home improvements are no longer a priority in the UK.
Striving towards a net zero home
According to the Climate Change Commission (CCC), the UK will not meet its zero carbon goals without almost entirely eliminating greenhouse gas emissions from Britain’s 29 million homes.
The research highlights the increased awareness of climate change and the growing phenomenon of energy efficient home improvements. By 2050, electricity use in homes is set to more than double, overtaking industry, commercial and transport use combined.
It is evident that Brits recognise the importance of solving climate change challenges. Over half of the adult population states that it is important for their home to reach net zero emissions in their lifetime. Homeowners need to adopt sustainable features to address this. By generating as much clean, renewable electricity as they consume, homeowners will be able to tackle this problem.
Technology is key to the future of efficient homes
Nico van de Merwe, VP of Home and Distribution at Schneider Electric, believes that technology is the answer to solving the problem, stating that “Consumers will struggle to enact change if their homes don’t become more connected.”
He went on to explain: “By creating connected energy efficiency solutions acting like a ‘Fitbit for your home’ we will enable unprecedented visibility over energy habits at home.
“Consumers will easily understand and adjust their energy usage to meet specific goals by mapping their progress towards net zero homes in achievable steps. As our homes become truly intelligent, a firm foundation for net zero homes will emerge.”
Government and Technology companies working together
Many individuals believe that it is the government’s responsibility to address this, introducing clearer policies to drive genuine change. Governments and technology companies need to provide easy solutions to consumers to ensure change becomes a reality. Schneider Electric is leading the charge in doing just that.
Overall, the research has shown that there is an evident increase in the number of people wanting to make energy-efficient and eco-friendly improvements to their homes, with comfort, size and design no longer topping the list.
There is a multitude of features, ranging from installing smart energy monitors, electric charging stations, smart solar panels or smart thermostats, which can be easily implemented to make this happen.
“Individuals must continue to adopt new sustainable features to make their home energy efficient and tackle climate change, with specific help from government initiatives such as The Green Homes grant to help along the way.”