More than eight in 10 plumbers would offer advice on environmental efficiency, says new survey

Plumbers are the tradespeople most likely to offer their customers green advice, according to a new survey by the Energy Saving Trust.

More than eight out of 10 (81%) of plumbers said they would give energy efficiency advice. Carpenters came in at the other end of the scale, with only 27% saying they would advise their customers how to be more green.

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81% of plumbers said they would give energy efficiency advice

Only 56% of builders said they would give energy efficiency advice, but 73% of electricians said they would. A total of 84% of the 241 tradespeople polled said they would like to be able to give environmental advice that their customers trusted.

Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the Energy Saving Trust, said: “Seventy-five per cent of people in the UK believe the best way to improve the energy efficiency of a home is when the builders are in, but until tradespeople have the knowledge, training and skills to be able to offer this expertise as second nature then they will be building in the dark.”