Sustainability is the way forward – and we‘re here to help

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Sustainability is the way forward – and we‘re here to help

In 2019, Britons used more zero-carbon energy than they did fossil fuels making it the cleanest year on record for the UK1. So it's no small wonder that clean energy matters to people in the UK.

We provide 100% renewable electricity for some 3.4 million customers’ homes1. But what does this equate to? Well, over the past year, together, our customers have reduced their carbon production by 1,212,718,392kg through using renewable electricity at home. In short, that’s like planting 121 million trees2.

And we’re helping our customers to better understand their energy use with our E.ON See tool so they can save energy. Now, we’ve updated E.ON See so customers can equate their own carbon savings back to how much energy they use, helping them to see the environmental benefit even clearer than before.

To mark the update of our E.ON See tool, we’re sharing some of our recent research findings into people’s sustainability attitudes, habits and needs.

Almost 9 in 10 homeowners want sustainable solutions

Our recent homebuyers' survey with 1,000 Brits who plan to buy homes within the next two years found that prospective homebuyers have embraced sustainability in a big way.

Almost 9 in 10 want sustainable solutions, such as efficient boilers and solar panels, in their new homes — even more than the 8 in 10 who want a garden.

Over three-quarters would be prepared to invest their temporary stamp duty saving into making their homes more sustainable, while a whopping 87% think it's important that their new home is sustainable.

More than half of us would change the way we cook to be more sustainable

This summer, we surveyed 1,500 people and found that more than half (54%) would change the way they cooked to save energy and be more sustainable — if only they knew how. And more than a third of people surveyed had become more aware of their home energy use over lockdown.

Savings from cooking can really add up. This series of more sustainable recipes could save a household of four as much as £146 per year through simple energy-saving hacks.

The pandemic has made people and businesses more aware of sustainability

During the spring lockdown, many of us became more aware of the environment — and not just because of hearing birdsong and enjoying clear blue skies as road traffic and business activity died down, reducing the levels of air pollution across the UK.

In June, we surveyed 2,000 UK adults and 500 UK business decision makers to learn more about the sustainability changes they planned to make. More than 7 in 10 businesses (72%) said the pandemic had made them reconsider their environmental credentials, while almost half people surveyed said lockdown measures had made them re-evaluate how sustainable their lives were. And almost 7 in 10 (68%) were already limiting their electricity consumption.

Our updated E.ON See tool

Our free online E.ON See tool gives our customers personalised tips to help them save energy. We’ve now updated our tool so users can see how much energy they’ve used on a monthly rolling basis — and what that equates to in terms of carbon savings, miles of driving, smartphone charging, or trees planted. And gas customers can also see how much carbon dioxide their home has produced each month.

This is just one way in which we’re helping people reach their sustainability goals and help the environment. We offer a whole host of sustainable solutions including efficient boilers, solar and batteries, smart meters and more – all to help people improve the sustainability of their homes by using less energy and even generating their own.

If you’re an E.ON customer and want to see what your personal carbon savings are, check E.ON See today.

1.  Electricity backed by 100% renewable sources. E.ON's renewable generation assets, agreements with UK wind generators and the purchase of renewable electricity certificates. The electricity supplied to your home comes from the National Grid and DNOs.

2.  Calculated by taking the average electricity usage per household over 12 months (September 2019 – August 2020) and multiplying by the number of E.ON’s customers’ homes supplied by 100% renewable electricity throughout the year. The carbon factor is calculated as the difference between the carbon intensity of E.ON Energy Solutions’ fuel mix in 2018/19 and 2019/20, as calculated in line with Ofgem Electricity Supply Standard Licence Conditions. This figure is 0.10188kg CO2/kWh. Carbon equivalent figures for trees planted based on a planted UK average tree producing 1,000kg over 100 years average lifespan - 10kg per year, source