A survey from NatWest and ratings giant S&P Global shows that 75 per cent of renters across the UK want landlords to improve the sustainability of their properties.
The Greener Homes Attitudes tracker shows that some two-thirds of UK renters are expecting a further increase over the next 12 months. Among this group, three-quarters want landlords to make sustainable home improvements to their properties to help offset the increase.
According to the figures, rental properties are typically less well insulated than owner-occupied homes. This includes tanks and pipes insulation and cavity wall insulation.
The tracker found that when it comes to UK homeowners making sustainable upgrades, around one-in-five homeowners reported plans to make improvements to their property in the next 12 months, with many of those not planning to make changes citing the cost of work and disruption being the key barriers.
Households were asked in the final quarter of 2023 how much they’re now spending on monthly energy bills. Of those that reported having both mains gas and mains electricity, almost a quarter answered between £100 and £149, equating to £1,200-£1,788 per year.
This was followed by 18 per cent of households paying between £150 and £199, equating to £1,800 to £2,380 a year.
The tracker also found that over half of respondents feel that the UK government is moving too slowly to aid the green energy transition, and that London topped the rankings for plans for solar panels (45 per cent), with the Northeast, Yorkshire & Humber and Scotland (all 30 per cent each) at the other end of the scale.
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