Double glazing is among the top three ‘green’ improvements homeowners are looking to make to their homes, according to a recent report by Rated People, the online marketplace service that seeks to match homeowners with local tradespeople.
With ‘home improvement’ searches up 380% during lockdown according to Google Trends, the report by Rated People found that nearly a third of homeowners (31%) are looking to specifically take on eco-related work at home this year – showing that energy efficiency and green issues are of high importance to homeowners.
The report, which surveyed more than 1,000 UK homeowners, also reveals the top ten eco focuses that homeowners are tackling – with the number one improvement being to install smart lighting, energy efficient LED bulbs that can be automated and controlled via an app. Nearly a third (31%) are making this style of lighting their priority with their home improvements, with upgrading to eco-friendly appliances and double glazing next on the list.
Top 10 Eco Home Improvements
- Install smart lighting to reduce electricity use
- Upgrade to eco-friendly appliances
- Install double glazing
- Introduce cavity wall insulation
- Install solar panels
- Start a compost heap
- Install solar water heating
- Set-up an electric car port
- Install a biomass boiler
- Install a heat pump
The results confirm that interest in making green changes to the home is increasing, with a 17% rise in people undertaking eco-friendly improvements compared to last year. Tradespeople are also seeing this reflected in the work they are being booked for, 29% have seen a rise in green-related jobs.
Tradespeople themselves are making their businesses eco-friendlier too. This year, 48% are making adjustments to their businesses to reduce the impact they have on the environment. Some of these changes include:
- Using photos and videos from customers to provide information and give quotes for jobs rather than travelling to them and using the vehicle unnecessarily (a change initially driven by the desire to be kinder to the environment and likely accelerated with lockdown)
- Using materials that have less plastic packaging
- Changing all power tools to battery operated
- Upgrading to an electric-powered van
- Reusing old materials to reduce waste
These changes may well impact the number of customers as well – the report shows that 35% of homeowners would be more likely to hire a tradesperson if they were eco-friendly.
To read the full report, visit: www.ratedpeople.com/blog/the-rated-people-home-improvement-trends-report-2020