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UK population 'clueless' about energy efficiency

The UK public needs better education on energy efficiency issues, according to the results of a new survey.

Research carried out by ComRes on behalf of the National Energy Foundation (NEF) quizzed people on a range of topics, from what they think is the most effective way to meet the country's energy needs to how to identify the most efficient lightbulbs.

However, the answers that many people came back with highlighted that perhaps more needs to be done to raise awareness of the fundamentals around the topic if the UK has any chance of meeting its carbon reduction targets over the coming years.

More than 2,000 adults took part in the study, with the majority offering ill-informed answers to many of the questions they were posed.

For example, despite almost three in five (58 per cent) respondents saying they felt as though they knew the basics about energy issues, a slightly larger proportion (59 per cent) were caught out by the fact most of the country's electricity supply is produced via fossil fuels.

That said, one clear message to come out of the investigation was that a significant proportion of people believe both their employers and the government could be doing more to help them understand the importance of energy efficiency, with 79 per cent and 76 per cent respectively calling for such action to be taken to improve the situation.

The issue of why energy efficiency is so important and how the UK can achieve it has certainly come under the spotlight in the last year, with ministers introducing a range of initiatives to encourage the public to look at how they can use measures like solid wall insulation to retain heat in their properties and subsequently keep their bills down.

Nevertheless, the NEF study shows us we still have some way to go before everyone is pulling in the right direction.

Posted by Simon Webster