With energy prices soaring for millions of households in the UK, homeowners are searching for solutions to ease the increased cost of energy in their home. The rise in energy costs was caused, predominantly, by multiple energy suppliers going out of business amid a global energy crisis, thus meaning that prices inevitably rose. Price caps are set to rise by 48% on the 1st of April – this follows a £139 annual rise which was introduced last October. The increase in energy costs has caused considerable stress for numerous households throughout the UK, but for some, the solution could be turning green.
People all around the UK are currently considering what changes they can make to reduce their carbon footprint and contribute to achieving sustainability targets. In the UK, homes are responsible for a fifth of the total of the UK’s carbon dioxide emissions, prompting the government to pledge that by 2035 every residential property should have an EPC rating of C or above as part of its long-term plan to tackle climate change. By making green renovations to your home, such as: loft insulation, solid wall insulation, ground source heat pumps and double glazing homeowners will make an estimated £890 savings every year, however, the cost which they occur when installing these features is a substantial obstacle for homeowners with costs in the thousands.
According to the English Housing Survey, the total cost of upgrading a D-rated home is estimated to be nearly £6,500. The easy option for upgrading your home to become more energy efficient would be to buy a new-build property, with government figures showing that 84% of newly completed properties being given an A or B rating.It is estimated however that 30% of homes in England and Wales are still rated E, F or G. A new landmark study from Cornerstone Tax has found that whilst making homes more energy efficient is a priority for homeowners – with 36% of homeowners thinking that making their home more energy efficient is a priority for them in 2022, many are finding the price of doing so a major obstacle – with 45% of homeowners having looked into making their home more energy efficient but found it too expensive without government support.
Cornerstone Tax’s study found that 45% of homeowners would prefer to refurbish or extend their current home rather than move into a new build due to the environmental damage of new buildings as opposed to just 12% who are planning to move house to live a greener life. This indicates a clear want from homeowners to make their homes more energy efficient to combat the rising energy costs, but more help is needed from the government if they are to reach their sustainability goal by 2035.
- 45% of homeowners would prefer to refurbish or extend their current home rather than move into a new build due to the environmental damage of new buildings
- 36% of homeowners think that making their home more energy efficient is a priority for them in 2022
- 23% of homeowners haven’t taken any steps to make their home more energy efficient
- 45% of homeowners have looked into making their home more energy efficient but found it too expensive without government support
- 12% of homeowners are planning to move house in order to live a greener life
- 22% of homeowners have looked into making their home more energy efficient, but found it impossible because of planning restrictions
David Hannah, principal consultant at Cornerstone Tax discusses homeowners making their home more energy efficient:
“With the energy crisis in full flow I believe that households throughout the UK will be seriously considering making their property more energy efficient to combat these costs. By making your home energy efficient, homeowners will save money in the long run and contribute to the UK’s sustainability targets also.
However, the initial costs of making green renovations to your home is still a big obstacle for homeowners to overcome. Perhaps in the future the government can provide much needed support to homeowners who are looking to refurbish their home to make it more eco-friendly. There’s evidently huge demand for greener homes. The benefits of making your home more energy efficient can be substantial. You will feel a sense of pride in helping towards sustainability goals and it will cut costs in the long run.
“If you want the benefits of an eco-friendly home, without the extra expense or the hassle then the solution would be to buy a new-build property. However, homeowners have grown connections to their current properties and want to stay there – choosing to refurbish their current home rather than move to a new property.”