Eight in 10 (84%) of surveyed homeowners are planning to make their property more ‘green’ in the coming year, with reducing energy bills a key motivation, research from plumbing and heating trade supplier City Plumbing reveals.

This news comes after the government extended the Green Homes Grant scheme until March 2022.

Steve Alldritt, technical director of City Plumbing’s Energy Efficiency Team, said: “For homeowners, making energy efficient changes saves money in the long run, reduces environmental impact and can even make a property more appealing to future buyers. It really is a ‘win-win’ situation.

“The research shows that demand for ‘green’ upgrades is high, whether it is low carbon heating, biomass boilers or heating controls. The opportunity is there for tradespeople to benefit from.

“We are supporting tradespeople who are interesting in signing up for the Green Homes Grant scheme, with impartial advice, indemnified designs, project solutions and fast quotation turnaround.”

The most popular energy efficient home improvements are: loft insulation (21%), followed by cavity wall insulation (20%), solid wall insulation – internal or external (17%), Under floor insulation (16%) and radiators (13%).

Two-thirds (67%) of those intending to make these changes said they are already aware of the government’s Green Homes Grant. A quarter (28%) plan to use the scheme, and 7% are already making use of it.

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