Clearview North September 2014 - Issue 154 - Page 23

INDUSTRYNEWS Solar tops homeowners’ energy wish-list, says survey The Next Generation of Vertical Sliders Brits think that solar PV is the “ideal” energy efficiency improvement for a home, according to a study carried out by the Energy Saving Trust. The research surveyed over 2,000 homeowners who identified solar PV as the most desirable energy addition to their home if money were no object. There was, however, a divide between genders with men preferring to install renewables (28%) compared to women putting doubleglazing top of their energy wish-list (22%). When told that renewables could provide a household with a combined benefit of between £750 to £1,500 a year, 60% of respondents said that they were interested in installing renewables. Indeed, 55% said that the addition of renewables would make them more likely to consider buying or renting a property compared to one that doesn’t. There still remains a distinct lack of knowledge over the support schemes available to help homeowners invest in renewables with 55% unable to identify what the feed-in tariff scheme was and 83% unable to identify the renewable heat incentive. Despite strong interest in generating their own energy, a large number of respondents s