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Renewables are top of the home energy saving wish list

August 14, 2014 featured image

The Energy Saving Trust (EST) has found that 60% of homeowners would be interested in installing a renewable energy system for their home, subject to appropriate energy bill savings and income under related schemes.

The findings come as part of the EST’s research which showed that renewables were considered to be the ‘ideal’ energy efficiency improvement if money and hassle were no object.

Key findings:

  • 47% of households would like to know the suitability of their home for renewable measures
  • 60% would be interested in installing a renewable energy system for their home if they received income and savings of between £750 and £1,500 a year.
  • 59% would be more likely to consider buying or renting a home that has renewable energy systems installed, compared to one that doesn’t.


Despite the enthusiasm for all things ‘green’, there is still a lack of understanding when it comes to the Feed-in-Tariffs (FiTs) and Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) – 55% of respondents were unable to correctly identify FiTs and 83% were clueless when it came to the RHI.

These final statistics are worrying and show a real need for consumer education.

We suggest you tell your customers about the RHI and FiTs and the money they could be saving (and making) through reduced energy bills and cash back.

If you’re a suitably trained renewables installer, this is good for business; once people understand these schemes they will be more inclined to make the switch from fossil fuels.

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