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Laziness costing Britons £1 billion in heating

Laziness costing Britons £1 billion in heating

Category: Gas and electricity

Updated: 02/09/2011
First Published: 02/09/2011

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Around £1 billion is being wasted each year by UK households because they 'cannot be bothered' to insulate, an energy company has said.

Britons are set to be stung by a further rise in their gas and electricity bills, but many could be doing more to stop heat from escaping from their homes, according to E.ON.

Research by the energy provider – which is to introduce price rises of 11.4% for electricity and 18.1% for gas for its residential customers from 13 September – found that huge numbers (57%) of people are missing on savings provided by cavity walls and insulated lofts as they are simply unaware of the service.

But it was also revealed that one in ten UK households is forgoing the savings because they 'cannot be bothered.'

Experts claim that the average home can save up to £390 a year on their energy bills by insulating homes with cavity walls and loft insulation.

However, despite insulation starting from as little as £99, almost one in five (17%) said they had not looked into the procedure as they believed it was unaffordable for them.

DIY-laziness was cited as a major cause for missing out on the huge savings available, with almost one third of men making excuses to avoid the perceived hassle.

"When we feel the cold, it's very tempting to turn on or turn up the heating, but there are other long-term solutions which can make a big difference and help you save money on your bills," Kevin Bryant, energy fitness instructor at E.ON, said.

"With a quarter of heat lost through uninsulated roofs and a third through uninsulated walls, installing cavity wall or loft insulation is one the best long-term approaches you can make to getting your home more energy fit."

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