British homeowners ‘focusing on sustainability’

A huge number of British homeowners are now paying more and more attention to the need to go green and save energy within their dwelling.

New research by M&S Home Insurance has found high energy prices and tightening belts are forcing many to look at ways to be more sustainable. In total, half of all homeowners are now more concerned by environmental issues than they were a year ago, with many seeing this as an area with potential for money saving.

One option could be to hire a professional builder to implement a raft of eco-friendly solutions, including solar panels and insulation. Indeed, only last week, Julia Goodfellow-Smith, director at SustainableLivingExpert, said she would like to see builders do more to make new homes greener.

The M&S research found adding insulation is indeed the top option for green-thinking Britons, followed by double glazing, energy-efficient boilers and solar panels, all of which can have an impact on the power a residence consumes and the footprint it leaves behind.

It could also pay to simply find ways to reduce consumption of power, whether through switching lights off or using electronic items less frequently. However people achieve their goal, it is certainly becoming a financial must for many to lower their use of energy.

Fleur Carruthers, home insurance manager at M&S Money, said: “Saving money is a huge priority for most households, so it’s great to see so many people are realising the financial benefits of going green while also helping the environment.”

It is not only by adding new implements or reducing usage that people can save money, though, as servicing existing solutions and making items more efficient is another good idea. Homeowners might wish to hire an electrician or plumber to make sure a building’s facilities are working at their leanest.

Post your eco-enhancing job on and wait for local tradesmen to get in touch with their ideas and quotes on how to make your home better for its surroundings.

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