The typical Brit has spent almost £3,000 to date – on energy efficient home improvements

The average Brit has spent almost £3,000 making their home more energy efficient to date – with new windows, thicker curtains, and insulated walls the most popular methods of doing so, according to research. Other favoured bill-reducing home improvements include new roof insulation, draught excluders, and new doors.

But there are also smaller steps to take, with some making their property more sustainable, more cheaply – by bleeding radiators, and sealing gaps around doorframes and windows.

The survey of 2,000 adults found less than half (42 percent) think their home is energy efficient – with a whopping 74 percent saying they found it difficult to tell just how much energy they’re wasting in their home.

Phil Clamp, from Greenwich, said: “We’ve recently moved from a flat to a three-bed terraced house, which seems to lose heat really quickly.

“With a young child, we’re more conscious than ever to ensure the house remains warm – but it can be hard to understand if we’re heating our home as effectively as we should be, and we don’t really know where we can turn to for advice.”

New builds – between zero and five years old – were considered the most efficient homes. And more than half (51 percent) of those who live in detached houses think their home are the most energy-efficient, despite ONS data showing that they are, in fact, among the least efficient in the UK.

Gail Parker, Low Carbon Homes Director at British Gas, which offers the Home Health Check, said: “Our homes are as unique as the people that live in them, which is why it’s important to receive personalised advice that will make a worthwhile difference.

“Energy efficient home improvements come in a whole range of sizes – from things like insulation, heat pumps, and solar panels, to ensuring radiators aren’t covered and are bled, and gaps are sealed around doorframes and windows.”

Many believe heat escapes most from around the door frame (31 percent), through the roof (31 percent), and via the vent in the bathroom (17 percent), which are all common areas seen by experts.

And when it comes to rooms, the kitchen was voted as the least efficient room, closely followed by the lounge, and the hallway.

Some of the top reasons for wanting to make sure home are energy efficient include saving money on heating (76 percent), keeping the home warm in the winter months (66 percent), and being comfortable in their property (56 percent).

And with the UK having one of the oldest housing stocks in Europe, it’s fitting that homeowners are looking for ways to improve their energy efficiency, while saving money and reducing their bills.

The survey, carried out by OnePoll, also revealed that 65 percent would find it useful to have a professional take a look around, to tell them how to improve their home’s efficiency.

Gail Parker, for British Gas, added: “It’s understandable, now winter is here, that people want to take steps to conserve heat in their home – no matter the age of the house or flat.

“However, it can be hard to tell the efficiency of your home and it’s heating system without professional advice. With our Home Health Check, surveyors will give you a personalised plan on how to make it more efficient, to help you save money on your winter energy bills.”

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