UK attitudes to energy efficiency unchanged despite ever higher bills.

Guardian: “The attitude of British billpayers to saving energy remains unchanged by the roll-out of the government’s flagship energy efficiency scheme despite widespread concern over rising bills, according to the government’s own opinion poll. It found that 28% of people were giving a lot of thought to saving energy in their home, the same as in September 2012.” “The poll found that 84% of people are concerned about steep rises in energy prices in the future and that almost half the population is worried about paying their bills. Ministers pledged that the green deal scheme would improve the energy efficiency of 14m homes by 2020, thereby cutting bills, but since its launch in January just 57 deals have been completed.
….”Clearly the best way of responding to the big six’s greed is to minimise the need for their product,” said Andrew Warren, director of the Association for the Conservation of Energy. “It is genuinely worrying how unaware too many households are of the enormous opportunities that exist to save money on their fuel bills, not by doing without, but by ensuring their home isn’t burning energy inefficiently. It amazes me how this dimension is being ignored during the current furore about price hikes.”
….In October, the government’s own adviser on fuel poverty, Derek Lickorish, told the Guardian that targeting the ECO was an “unforgivable” attack. He said: “It is completely inequitable to attack the only measure that is doing something for the fuel poor in England. It is unforgivable when we have energy prices that are going only in one direction.”
Peter Smith, at fuel poverty campaign group National Energy Action, said: “Even at a conservative estimate cold homes kill more people each year than die from road traffic accidents. We urgently need the government to set out exactly how they intend to support a much more ambitious national energy efficiency scheme which should aim to end the misery of cold homes once and for all. Increasing levels of energy efficiency in our poorest homes is a sound, cost-effective and worthwhile investment.”
….The government poll found ….also found that the public’s strong support for renewable energy was almost unchanged at 76%, while 36% of people said they supported nuclear energy.”