Under the Future Homes Standard, gas boilers will not be installed in new homes after 2025 but 80% of those surveyed said their home had one. Only 8% said they had, or knew someone who had, a heat pump.
Key to solving the problem will be convincing consumers that achieving countrywide net zero emissions is important. Only 12% said they thought it was important, although over 40% said it was more important for factories to cut emissions and around 25% said emissions should be cut on public transport or cars.
A third of respondents agreed that mortgage lenders should assess the affordability of energy bills when considering a mortgage application. Only half thought current debt was more important and a third said the affordability of council tax should be assessed.
When asked whether they would pay more for a new home that was carbon neutral, around a third of people said they would be willing – roughly the same as the number who would not.
The cost savings of energy efficiency were more important to two thirds of people moving house but helping the environment was more important to just over one third.
When buying new build property, two thirds of people believed new homes were more energy efficient than older property. However, it was only the third most important factor, behind quality workmanship and how ‘attractive’ a home looked.
Clearly the house building industry has some work to do. See the survey results here.