The most recent market research performed by the British Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) finds British promote for sustainable energy continues to grow for the past year.
The study, DECC Public Attitudes Tracker, was run through early 2012 to last March. There initially were 4 research - one lengthier survey and three short ones - determined with a face-to-face in-home interview with a representative sample of 2,051 families.
Here are the main element results which are obtained from the survey, as completed after Wave 5. For a full assessment of wave 5 results from the prior four waves, check out the DECC website and get the full questionnaire, the entire wave 5 dataset, and a lot more.
ENERGY BILLS & SWITCHING: six out of ten people worried about energy bills; increased the need for collective switching
Issue about energy bills has hit the highest degree since wave 1, with 59% of UK adults worried about increasing bills (56% in wave 1) and 45% to 50% over waves 2-4. This is very likely to due to the influence by the unseasonably winter weather prior to and through the fieldwork time period.
Understanding of collective switching elevated to 27%, from 21% in wave 1 and there was obviously a substantial rise in the actual percentage of individuals thinking about joining a collective switching scheme, approximately 42% from 34% in wave 1.
16% have turned energy supplier within the last year, just like the wave 1 figure of 15%.
GLOBAL WARMING AND ENERGY SAFETY: not viewed as key issues facing the UK yet, when questioned straight, worry about energy safety is soaring; powerful support for combination of energy sources
Regardless of amplified issue in wave 5, climate change and energy safety are usually not perceived as key complications confronting Britain today. 5% of participants saw global warming as the leading problem, up from 2% in wave 1; and 6% cited security of energy supply, double the wave 1 level of 3%.
When questioned straightaway, 66% were worried about climate change (much like wave 1’s 65%), with 12% attributing it to natural causes, down from 15% in wave 1.
Issue about energy security has grown since wave 2 (after the concerns were initially asked). 88% were serious about sharp increases in energy costs down the road (the subsequent 10-20 years) in wave 5, up from 84% in wave 2; 79% were concerned with the UK getting too reliant on energy from other nations, up from 74% in wave 2; and 75% were anxious the UK isn't investing quick enough in alternative sources of energy, up from 71% in wave 2.
There's a strong support for a combination of energy sources: 81% agreed that the UK requires a blend of energy sources to make sure a trusted supply of electricity. This is unchanged from the wave 1 level of 82%.
CARBON CAPTURE AND STORAGE: small increase in awareness
Understanding of CCS amplified to 41%, from 36% in wave 1. 57% of individuals conscious of the technology supported its use to generate electricity in the United Kingdom.
SHALE GAS: consciousness level rises from 42% to 52%
Consciousness, at any level, of hydraulic fracturing, or ‘fracking’, to extract shale gas rose by 10% points to 52% since wave 2 - the 1st time the question was asked.
RENEWABLE ENERGY SOURCES: constant development in support
Support for alternative energy sources to produce the UK’s electricity, fuel and heat rose to 82%, from 79% in wave 4 (and 79% in wave 1).
Support for individual renewable technologies is at equivalent levels to wave 1, with 85% now aiding solar, close to three-quarters supporting wave and tidal (77%) and off-shore wind (76%) and around two-thirds promoting on-shore wind (68%) and biomass (64%).
NUCLEAR ENERGY: help and support rising but a combined picture over-all
Support for nuclear energy for generating electricity in the United Kingdom increased to 40%, from 37% in wave 4, although overall views are split, with 23% opposed and 35% neither supporting nor opposing its use.
46% of individuals agreed that nuclear energy supplies a dependable way to obtain inexpensive energy in the UK, no significant difference to wave 1’s 43%.
44% believed nuclear energy produces economic advantages to the UK, once again no significant difference to the wave 1 level of 42%.
SMART METERS: more people possess a smart meter
The quantity of UK adults stating they have a smart meter rose to 12%, from 6% in wave 1. This discovering might have been affected by changes to the issue wording and display images on the wave 5 questionnaire.
ENERGY EFFICIENCY AND INSULATION: high energy level wasting behaviors; amplified usage of under floor heating
The amount of people saying they think of saving energy in the home came back to wave 1 levels, with 26% giving lots of thought to energy saving behaviors and 54% a reasonable level of thought.
Regardless of worry about energy bills and 80% stating they think of energy saving behaviours, energy level wasting behaviours continued to be high overall: with 67% of individuals admitting to a minimum of occasionally boiling the kettle with increased water compared to what they intend to utilize; 52% leaving lighting fixtures on when they're not inside the room; and 52% leaving the heating system on when they go out for a couple of hours.
51% of homes had set up or considered changing an older gas boiler with a more effective condensing boiler, up from 45% in wave 1. This is significantly greater than any one of the alternative causes of heat measured - only 7% have set up or considered installing solar power panels, and 2% installed or seriously considered putting in air source heat pumps.
The percentage of homes who had set up under floor insulation accelerated to 15%, from 11% in wave 2.