Fifth of Britons rate interior deco over green upgrades

More than a fifth of people in the UK would prioritise building an annex to get more space in their home above investing in energy saving measures. That’s according to […]

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By Jonny Bairstow

More than a fifth of people in the UK would prioritise building an annex to get more space in their home above investing in energy saving measures.

That’s according to the results of a Europe-wide 8,000 person survey published by E.ON, which asked respondents what they would do if they had to spend a large amount of money on their house.

In Germany, 27% of people said they’d rather refresh their interior deco than pay for a green makeover, the latter being favoured by less than a fifth of those questioned.

The survey revealed Hungary is perhaps the most efficiency-conscious country in Europe – 51% said they would spend the money on a retrofit, dwarfing the 18% who said they would want to redecorate.

In Italy and Romania there is also a preference for energy conservation, with 37% and 34% choosing this option respectively.

In the UK, just 6% of all households had an energy efficient measure installed under the entire Energy Company Obligation (ECO) scheme, as of December 2016.

Another E.ON survey suggests almost three quarters (73%) of people have adopted smarter technologies in their homes.