Survey finds 60% of homeowners are unaware of simple measures to make homes energy efficient

Most homeowners are unsure of the first steps to improving the efficiency of their properties, a new survey has found.

A study by home improvements firm Anglian Home Improvements has found that 60% of homeowners don’t know how to make their homes greener.

Double glazed windows

The survey, which follows the first government figures following the introduction of Home Information Packs (HIPs) on four-bedroom houses in August, also shows that while homeowners are taking simple steps such as not leaving electrical goods on standby, they are overlooking the types of larger jobs which can save most energy.

The latest government figures show the average four bedroom house, on a scale of A to G, only qualifies for an E rating .

Melanie Russell, Anglian's director of communications, said: “We know that society is waking up to the reality of climate change and beginning to make changes to the way they live in order to save energy.

“But the government figures, together with our own research, show that as a nation, we still have a long way to go.”

Anglian surveyed 639 homeowners, and found that although 98% said they were concerned about the environmental impact of their property, 60% were unaware of the steps they could take to conserve energy.

Russell said: “As well as increasing the value of your home, simply fitting double glazing alone can cut heat loss in half and reduce carbon emissions by 680kg - the equivalent of four double-decker buses.”