Families fear cost of 'going green'Monday, 03 October 2011 10:14
Many Brits believe that ‘going green’ in the home is only an option for those who can afford it, a survey has revealed.
The uSwitch.com poll found one in 10 Brits worry that saving the earth is too expensive for the average household.
Despite six in ten people believing that being green can save money, 11 per cent think the extra expense is not worth it because they are not confident of any savings they will make.
According to the price comparison and switching service, energy bills have gone up £224 within a year, leaving cash-strapped consumers desperate for ways to save money on their heating and electricity.
But although being more energy efficient could help cut the rising bills, many are still to be convinced of the value of going green.
Kevin Sears, Energy Efficiency Expert at uSwitch.com, said: “There is still a common fear that energy efficiency costs the earth and that the outlay will outstrip any savings. But with some measures saving more within just one year than the initial cost, being more energy efficient can benefit your bank balance as well as the environment.”
Those who would struggle with initial costs may be able to get a grant for energy saving measures from their supplier.