Three lockdowns have been undeniably tough but isolation has had its advantages. A new study by comparison site Uswitch has revealed that Brits have become more self-sufficient and in the process; more energy efficient. According to the research:

  • 83% of people surveyed said they are living more simply and frugally.
  • 43% of people say they have totally re-evaluated the way they live in the past year, and have become more concerned with sustainable living – saving energy and looking after the planet.
  • 23% have created their own vegetable patch, while 18% say they have started to compost.
  • 49% have switched from jars and packets to making meals from scratch.
  • Around 30% grow their own herbs instead of buying them from a supermarket, and 12% have even started to make their own jams and pickles.
  • 54% said they will try to continue their new sustainable ways of living even as restrictions are lifted.

Why did this happen, you might ask? Well, we had nothing else to do. No distractions – nowhere to go and no people to see, which seems to have given us perspective and created some good habits.

The greenest city as per survey response is Leicester, with 53% of residents saying they have made an effort to become more self-sufficient and energy-efficient. And good news is that 53% of 6-29-year-olds have become more environmentally conscious, compared to 45% of 30-44-year-olds and just 28% of over-60s.

In general, prices are going up (from food and fuel to gas and electricity) and homeowners are being forced to re-evaluate their budgets and make smart decisions that not only save money but save energy. Not only does the survival of our planet depend on it but our own well-being, too.

At AACooper we have the expertise and experience to support you as you make energy-saving decisions for your family and your home.

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