Energy bills are worrying homeowners more than the cost of Christmas, mortgage payments or the cost of running their car. Three quarters of the respondents said fuel bills are their biggest concern.
Worrying about fuel bills is not exclusive to the elderly either. The survey revealed that 20% of 25 to 34 year olds and 17% of 35 to 44 years olds state they are “extremely” worried about their energy bills.
Renewable Alternatives Awareness
In addition, only 35% of those surveyed by Daikin are aware of the Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI), the government scheme which helps them to pay for a heat pump, for example, to provide space heating and hot water.
Daikin UK's product manager for domestic heating, Nancy Jonsson, said:
“It’s alarming to see the scale of concern amongst Britain’s 18 million homeowners over the cost of heating their homes this winter. It’s great people are taking practical action to reduce their use of their central heating and keep costs down, but this shouldn’t be necessary when alternatives means of heating without a reliance on expensive fossil fuels are available and affordable.
“The research does highlight an positive level of awareness of alternative heating technologies that make use of renewable resources such as air or solar energy, but also a chronic lack of direct experience and of the financial support available to make the transition. Frightening fuel bills are not going to go away so homeowners are urged to consider a longer term solution.”