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July
2017
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Bye bye bookshelves: Almost three quarters of homeowners have made their homes smarter, helping make everyday household items obsolete

It’s really heartening that three quarters of households have already taken steps to make their homes smarter. But with a quarter of people saying they’re yet to take steps to make their homes more solutions-savvy, there’s still much we can do to help people realise the benefits a smarter lifestyle can bring. For example, we recently launched E.ON Solar and Storage – a solar and battery solution that’s available now for the four in ten people questioned who said they’d like to have this type of technology by 2020.
Gavin Stokes, Head of Commercial Solutions at E.ON UK
  • New research from E.ON shows that a third of people plan to introduce more smart technologies into their homes, with many citing the desire to save money, become more energy efficient and save time as their key drivers

  • Almost one in five people questioned wrongly think solar panels only generate electricity when it’s sunny and one in ten think solar panels don’t work when it’s cold

  • Four in ten people say they’d like to install solar panels and/or battery solutions by 2020; E.ON Solar and Storage could cut electricity bills by 50% and save people £300 a year

Almost three quarters (73%) of people have adopted smarter technologies, according to findings from new research1 by E.ON. When asked which everyday items are becoming obsolete due to smarter solutions, around half of respondents said CD/DVD stands (52%) and photo albums (48%), a third said bookshelves (34%) and a quarter said cables and wires (26%).

The research with 2,000 homeowners has been conducted to investigate the nation’s attitudes to the smart solutions available today and in the future. It reveals that the majority of people have already taken steps to make their homes smarter with a third (34%) planning further upgrades.

However, there’s still work to be done with more than a quarter (27%) of people yet to adopt smart technologies in their homes. In fact, one in five (21%) homeowners are uncomfortable with using smart technology.

Those who’ve already implemented technology upgrades cited saving money (59%), becoming more energy efficient (55%) and saving time (38%) among their key drivers. Almost half (48%) said they’d made their homes smarter to make their lives easier, while 17% simply liked having the latest gadgets, 13% wanted their home to be more fun, and 6% desired better looking technology.

When asked about the types of smart technologies people would want in their homes by 2020, four in ten (44%) said they’d like solar panels and/or an electricity battery storage system, more than a third (35%) would like smart lighting, a fifth (20%) wanted a voice controlled smart hub and 13% would like a charging point for an electric car.

But when it comes to solar energy, a number of myths persist with 17% of those questioned mistakenly thinking that solar panels only generate electricity when it’s sunny and one in ten (11%) wrongly believing that solar panels don’t work in cold climates.

Of those surveyed, almost one in ten (9%) homeowners said they already have solar panels. Of these, more than three quarters (76%) said they’re saving money, almost two thirds (65%) said their home is more energy efficient, and almost a third (30%) said they’ve seen the value of their property increase – all as a result of having solar panels installed.

What’s more, four in ten (41%) of those asked said that having a solar panel and battery system would make a potential home more appealing to them if they were looking to buy.

Gavin Stokes, Head of Commercial Solutions at E.ON UK, said: “It’s really heartening that three quarters of households have already taken steps to make their homes smarter. But with a quarter of people saying they’re yet to take steps to make their homes more solutions-savvy, there’s still much we can do to help people realise the benefits a smarter lifestyle can bring. For example, we recently launched E.ON Solar and Storage – a solar and battery solution that’s available now for the four in ten people questioned who said they’d like to have this type of technology by 2020.

“Many of the people we spoke to are already aware of the benefits solar and battery systems can bring – from saving money, to having a more energy efficient home, to making homes more appealing to buyers. We’re committed to bringing smarter solutions to market for our customers and we’d welcome anyone who’s interested in finding out more about E.ON Solar and Storage to visit our website and find out more and get detailed, personalised information for their home and their needs.”

About E.ON Solar and Storage

E.ON Solar and Storage converts sunlight into electricity using solar PV panels. The electricity generated can either be used straight away or stored in a battery to use when it’s needed, even at night.

People who take E.ON Solar and Storage could save around 30% or £180 a year if they take solar panels or around 50% or £300 a year if they take solar panels plus battery storage. People can also earn money via the Feed-In Tariff and, together, this could make users £560 better off a year; the equivalent to 80% off their electricity bill.2

Currently being offered in the Midlands, E.ON hopes to offer Solar and Storage more widely later in 2017. Anyone can have E.ON Solar and Storage installed, not just people supplied by E.ON, provided they own their home and their roof. Homeowners can visit eonsolar.co.uk to enter details about their home, using E.ON’s calculator to work out how much E.ON Solar and Storage could cost and what they could save and earn from it.

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Notes to editors

1. Research conducted with 2,000 UK homeowners by OnePoll on behalf of E.ON in in April 2017.

2. These are example figures only. Savings are based on a south-facing property in central England with a 40 degree roof tilt and no shading, with a consumption of 4900 kWh. It assumes fitting 12 x 320w panels and a 9.6 kWh battery plus a deemed export of 50%. FIT rate based on figures published 1 February 2017 for a March 2017 install.

  • Every home, area, consumption and solar panel and battery system is different so customers are urged to go to eonsolar.co.uk to find out how much they could save with E.ON’s online solar calculator.

  • Properties with thatched roofs are unsuitable for E.ON Solar and Storage. As solar PV and battery systems vary in size, generation and storage capacity, an E.ON Solar and Storage advisor would help applicants choose the best system for their needs and for their property. The smallest size battery is slightly larger than a VCR player and a battery can be stored in most places such as a garage, utility room or even under the stairs.

E.ON Solar and Storage also offers people:

  • E.ON Solar Manager which is an easy-to-use app to see what they’re generating, saving, earning and storing;

  • Peace of mind that cover the solar panels for 25 years and the battery for 10 years;

  • Reassurance through a performance guarantee, available with some of our systems, so if the generation drops below what we quoted for the design, we'll pay the difference.

  • Access to a team of specialist advisors who’ll be on hand to help answer any queries before, during and after the installation.

For more information contact:

Jag Bickham: 02476 181 308 / jag.bickham@eon-uk.com

Naomi Troy: 02476 180 523 / naomi.troy@eon-uk.com

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