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Cost is putting people off making their homes more efficient

One in five pensioners are so worried about the cost of energy that they have to think twice before doing even the most simple of tasks, such as boiling a kettle.

This is according to joint research from the Rexel Foundation and Opinion Way.

The study also revealed that 90 per cent of British consumers believe that levels of fuel poverty will increase if nothing is done to make energy more efficient.

Some 79 per cent said they are keen to install measures which will help to keep energy bills at bay. These include upgrading their home's cavity wall and loft insulation.

However, 63 per cent said cost and other financial barriers is preventing them from doing so. More than a quarter of people in rented accommodation said they did not see the point of taking action as the property does not belong to them.

Brian Smithers, strategic development director for Rexel Northern European Zone, said: "It’s worrying to hear that cost concerns are still putting consumers off investing in energy efficiency measures especially in view of the launch of incentives such as the Green Deal."

Posted by Paul Taylor