A new survey commissioned by Zenith Home for Big Energy Saving Week has revealed that 74 per cent of British people lie about their energy-efficiency, stating that they are ‘very’ energy-efficient when in fact they are not.
Whilst the majority of the British public claimed to be energy efficient, they did not know:
- How to measure their energy-efficiency (66 per cent)
- How old their windows are (26 per cent)
- How old their boiler is (40 per cent);
- If they have external wall installation (47 per cent)
These statistics indicate a failure to recognise the impact of these factors on energy bills.
The survey also revealed that 46 per cent of people only turn off their appliances at the plug when they go on holiday, and a further 22 per cent never turn off appliances at the plug leading to everyday wastage that can total up to £90 per year per household.
Big Energy Saving Week is a government Initiative that helps to raise awareness of energy efficiency. The campaign encourages people to be mindful of wasting energy for both economic and environmental reasons.
Zenith Home commissioned the survey to challenge Britons to disclose just how energy efficient they really are.
Zenith Home national sales director Phil Lamb said: “The survey’s findings reflect the general lack of understanding amongst the British public around energy-efficiency.
“We commissioned the survey to find out the best ways to educate people and how best to advise them about saving money and helping the environment.”
The most encouraging statistic from the survey found that 94 per cent of those surveyed said that they would like to be more energy-efficient, for financial and environmental reasons.