Research conducted by energy supplier EdF concludes that Brits are even more anxious about paying energy gas bills this winter than last.
Among 2,000 homes polled for the company, 56% of billpayers fear for their ability to meet bills at unprecedented levels, a rise of 13% on last winter.
With Ofgem ordering a raise this quarter in its energy price cap, domestic bill payers have more than doubled online searches year on year for advice on energy efficiency. Quarter against quarter,.web searches rose by 53% .
With typical dual fuel bills now double what they were two years ago, EdF’s research has convinced it to commit £185 million more to efficiency advice and related measures.
EdF is upping by £103million this year’s spending on its ECO and Great British Insulation Schemes. Improving EPC ratings of an 14,000 homes with new energy saving kit, is at the heart of the initiative. The supplier calculates savings will amount to between £700 and £800 per year.
Since Christmas 2022, the company’s research tells it 36% of all UK households have invested in at least one bill-saving step. Most popular among householders taking action have been underfloor insulation, installed by 57%, followed by radiator panels, adopted by 53%.
With 77% of households believing that more needs to be done to support vulnerable customers, and a fifth worrying about falling into arrears, EdF says its investment will offer eligible customers living in a home with a low EPC rating a package of free energy-saving measures and heating improvements to help bring down bills permanently and improve their homes EPC rating.
EdF managing director for customers Philippe Commaret commented: “People are concerned about keeping their homes warm in a cost-effective way. Tackling the energy efficiency of people’s homes is the number one way we can help to reduce bills and we’re not choosing to stand still or wait.
“Our extra £103m on the ECO and Great British Insulation Schemes this year which will deliver savings to thousands of vulnerable customers.”
EdF is also launching a new Home Efficiency Hub, a tool where customers can create a free tailored plan to boost home energy efficiency. Links to qualified installers are included. The plan also sets out any grants or funding that may be available, saving customers energy and time, helping them reduce their emissions.
Checks for eligibility can be made here.