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Four out of five Brits want to make their homes more eco-friendly in the next two years, UK survey reveals

The climate crisis is changing the way people view their homes, with more than 84 per cent of Brits looking to make eco-improvements in the next two years. That’s the finding from new report from Homes & Gardens ‘Our Homes & Gardens; Understanding Our Changing Housing Culture’.

Although the Green Homes grant scheme was recently withdrawn, the £300m funds will now become available through a programme administrated by local authorities, aimed at lower income households.

The top planned eco upgrades include:

Insulation (35%)

Windows (33%)

Boilers (28%)

Thermostats (22%)

Heaters (15%)

Further ambitions to green up their homes focus on measures or improvements such as solar energy, heat pumps, rainwater harvesting, lighting, underfloor heating, and using environmentally-friendly cleaning and domestic products.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jason Orme, managing director of Future Homes, says, “It’s clear from this report that the environment is playing an increasingly vital role in how we want to live in the future. We are viewing our homes differently, and expecting them to do different things for us, and as a result we are treating them differently. This new relationship - and new housing culture - is at the heart of what the new Homes & Gardens speaks to.”

Introducing renewable energy sources was an important part of the project for us. We’ve worked hard to update the building while being mindful of its environmental impact.

                                                    Raymond

One couple that has opted for energy-efficient improvements to their home are Emily and Raymond, featured in Country Homes & Interiors magazine. They’re the owners of Willows Rest, a Grade II-listed 300-year-old barn with five bedrooms in Devon which is now a boutique eco holiday let. They renovated the property for two and a half years, with ambitious plans to turn it into an eco-friendly dwelling while maintaining and enhancing its original features. The couple removed oil as the primary fuel source and installed modern efficient hot water systems, solar panels, low energy heating and electrics, as well as improved its insulation. The products used within the barn, including those for cleaning, are also ethical and climate-friendly.

Raymond says, ‘Introducing renewable energy sources was an important part of the project for us. We’ve worked hard to update the building while being mindful of its environmental impact. The heating is now provided by ground source heating that comes from beneath the neighbouring field. There are 14 trenches, each 50m long, that contain 4.5km of subterranean pipe. These feed heat pumps to provide the hot water and heating for the barn and cottage, as well as warming the pool. This process significantly reduces the energy needed, though it does still use some electricity. To partner the ground source, the same field also contains 120 solar panels that generate electricity for the heat pumps and general needs of Willows Rest.’

The ground source uses the renewable heat incentive and panels use the feed in tariff, grants that are designed to help recoup the capital expenditure over time.

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