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August
2019
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Tip Tip Hooray! Improve, don’t move, as a quarter of Brits plan a DIY bank holiday weekend

Looking at how we can make our homes and lives more sustainable is crucial to help lessen our individual and collective impact on the planet. Small steps like having Aloe Vera plants around your home to help purify the air to larger investments like a new energy-efficient boiler will all add up to a huge difference. We’ve recently ensured all our electricity customers get power backed by 100% renewable sources, and if you’re considering solar generation, battery storage systems allow you to use around 30% more of the electricity you generate than with solar panels alone⁴. These are things well worth thinking about if you’re making home improvements.
Mike Feely, E.ON's Green Guru
  • A quarter (26%) of Brits are planning to renovate or DIY this August Bank Holiday, according to new research1 – that equates to around 16 million people2
  • On average we’ll have spent £310 this month on DIY, with only 23% planning to make renovations more sustainable
  • Nottingham is the most DIY-happy city with 40% of locals planning renovations, whilst Liverpool is most interested in sustainable DIY this bank holiday3

New research from E.ON1 reveals that a quarter (26%) of Brits will renovate or make repairs to their home this August Bank Holiday, and almost two in three (60%) would make their home projects more sustainable if they knew how to.

Twice (40%) the number of young homeowners aged 18-24 have stated that all their renovations are sustainable, compared to just one in five (22%) of over 55s. Overall, half (50%) admitted to not knowing what their sustainable home options are and 45% don’t know what ‘sustainable’ means when it comes to home renovations. An additional 32% said they would carry out more sustainable renovations but are concerned about cost.

To help explain how to make homes more energy efficient and sustainable, E.ON has partnered with leading interior designer and stylist Dee Campling for practical advice to suit a range of abilities and budgets.

Leading interior designer and stylist Dee Campling advises: “Sustainable living is now the norm for a lot of us, but understanding how this extends into home improvements can be tricky, so E.ON and I wanted to highlight some big and small changes to your home that are eco and energy efficient. We want to show that sustainability can be stylish and can fit to your day-to-day. My top tips in sustainable renovations highlight some exciting ideas for the bank holiday and beyond.”

E.ON, which recently announced it is providing electricity backed by 100% renewable sources for all its customers’ homes, offers a range of energy efficient and smart home solutions including energy-efficient boilers, insulation, smart thermostats, smart meters, solar and battery technology and heat pumps. All of these can help lower energy use, and using less energy has a positive effect on the environment.

E.ON’s Green Guru Mike Feely added “Looking at how we can make our homes and lives more sustainable is crucial to help lessen our individual and collective impact on the planet. Small steps like having Aloe Vera plants around your home to help purify the air to larger investments like a new energy-efficient boiler will all add up to a huge difference. We’ve recently ensured all our electricity customers get power backed by 100% renewable sources, and if you’re considering solar generation, battery storage systems allow you to use around 30% more of the electricity you generate than with solar panels alone⁴. These are things well worth thinking about if you’re making home improvements.”

To find out more about energy-efficient home improvements visit eonenergy.com/save 

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Notes to editors

  1. The research was conducted by Fly Research in July 2019. 1,000 UK adults were interviewed via an online questionnaire
  2. 16m arrived at by dividing the ONS total population of 67,003,193 by 4 (to represent the 26% planning to undertake DIY)
  3. Table showing regional breakdown in number of people participating in DIY this bank holiday below.
  4. 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 electricity consumption of 4,900 kWh. Saving assumes fitting 14 x 305W panels and a 9.0 kWh battery and an electricity cost of 15p/kWh.

DIY

SUSTAINABLE DIY

City

Percentage of people participating in DIY

City

Percentage of people participating in sustainable DIY

Nottingham

40%

Liverpool

17%

Liverpool

35%

London

15%

London

31%

Birmingham

13%

Birmingham

31%

Cardiff

13%

Cardiff

28%

Bristol

12%

For more information, and access to Dee Campling's tips, contact:

Rebecca Cowling, 07970 531619, rebecca.cowling@eonenergy.com

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