With potential energy price rises and winter weather on the horizon, 75% of those surveyed by Solent Green Deal, said that improvements such as installing new boilers or insulation, would be something they would look into – but only if the price was right.
However, a quarter of this group added that it was not something they felt able to do, because the price of the work involved was excessive and they felt the potential savings would not be worthwhile.
Green Deal ‘failing to make an impact’
This is in spite of the Solent Green Deal, which was recently rolled out across the city specifically to address these issues and make it easier for residents to save on their energy costs in the long run.
It was set up in order to deal with the fact Hampshire is home to many of the least efficient homes in the UK, with residents able to take out a loan on a pay-as-you-save basis to allow them to make the required efficiency upgrades to their property.
Officials have claimed that those partaking in the scheme could save in the region of £800 per year on their bills.
So far, uptake has been poor. Only 19% of homes in the entirety of Southampton are properly insulated against the cold – one of the main energy conserving techniques. Houses with cavity or solid wall insulation installed can save up to £500 in a year.
In addition to insulation, other changes that should be made include replacing a boiler which is more than 15 years old, which can see residents save up to £300 a year.
Alex Parmley, speaking on behalf of the Solent Green Deal, said that making use of this council-approved scheme was the best way to save on a cost-affordable basis.
Lack of information hinders uptake
The actual outlay of the projects is not, however, the only barrier faced by residents in Southampton.
The survey found that, of those who wanted to install new measures to cut their bills, some 17% said they believed it to be too much hassle, and 22% said they did not know how to go about it.
These statistics demonstrate a need for more education and workshops around the city to show people not only how they will benefit from making their home more efficient, but also teach them the steps required and prove it’s not as difficult as they may assume.