Sustainable Merton worked in partnership with the London Sustainability Exchange on a project to see how Merton residents could gain maximum benefit from numerous energy saving technologies. It also intended to ascertain the level of interest in the Green Deal.
One hundred households across the borough were visited by volunteer climate change champions who talked through appropriate home energy saving measures and their relative cost benefits, explaining government and local policies such as the Renewable Heat Incentive, Feed-in-Tariffs and the Green Deal.
The main results from the project showed that 75.9% of those surveyed were very conscious of energy saving and the three most important factors in energy use in the home are: cost, the environment and being comfortable. The survey also showed that very few people knew much about the Green Deal and the main barriers to reducing energy use were found to be: maintaining comfort, the cooperation of others and cost (the Green Deal will only help with the final point). It was established that Sustainable Merton has strong outreach to homeowners across the borough through its social networks, which is vital for our role in educating residents about behavior change to reduce their energy use.
The full project report can be found HERE.