Households can expect to face some of the highest energy bills on record this winter. However, new research from Schneider Electric, the leader in digital transformation of energy management and automation, shows that many of us could be thinking smarter to reduce both home energy use and our carbon emissions.
Powering Change, a report from Schneider Electric which surveyed over 850 business leaders and 2,000 consumers, reveals that most of us want to make positive changes to our home energy consumption:
- 84% say they’re concerned about rapidly rising energy bills
- 79% think home energy efficiency is important
- 69% say reducing their carbon footprint is important to them
- 62% say they’re looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy they use at home
UK homes are responsible for roughly one-fifth of national greenhouse gas emissions. The majority require retrofitting to meet climate targets – just 41% reach the C rating targeted by the UK government.
Yet while the majority of people (62%) say they are looking for ways to reduce the amount of energy they use at home and want to live more sustainably, far fewer are taking steps to tackle the problem.
Two thirds (66%) of us recognise that sustainability is important when it comes to making home improvements. However:
- Just 31% have personally benefitted from a government support programme or grant to make their home more energy efficient (e.g. to improve insulation)
- Only 51% view smart controls in the home as important, despite digital technology playing an essential role in reducing waste and achieving a smart, Net-Zero home
A large number of consumers are also conflicted about the transition to sustainable energy. 43% are concerned about switching to electric heating, cooking and transport at home even though 40% expect sustainable technology to be embedded in the housing infrastructure of new builds.
Nico van der Merwe, VP of Home and Distribution at Schneider Electric UK and Ireland, said: “With energy prices soaring and many of us working from home again this winter, it is understandable that people are concerned about rising bills. But it is also clear from our research that people are finding it difficult to reconcile the prospect of a clean electric future with unpredictable, increasing energy costs. The reality is the vast majority of consumers will be paying for more energy than they need, regardless of how draughty their home may be. Insulation is important, but it is impossible to effectively manage and control energy use and bills if you can’t see what you are using or where you are using it. One of the easiest and quickest ways to address this is through digital devices like smart thermostats, and smart home energy systems.“