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Survey From Leading Solar Panel Installer Reveals How Britain Is Responding To Increasing Energy Prices

Installing solar panels - one of the ways to address increasing energy costs

Taking fewer showers, renting out rooms, seeking pay rises and installing solar panels in bid to reduce energy costs – survey reveals responses to increasing energy prices

28% of respondents in a survey by Project Solar UK said they would take fewer showers and 18% would choose cold showers to save money in a bid to lower energy costs,

11% would install solar panels in their home and 5% would move house to a place with solar panels already installed in an effort to reduce outgoings on energy bills.

Moving to a higher paying role was selected by 11% of those surveyed with 10% stating they would ask for a pay rise from their current employer to help pay the increased heating, lighting and other energy bills to run a home. Stopping working remotely was highlighted by 5% of those questioned as a way to lower their energy costs.


Other creative approaches to lowering energy costs include 7% going on strike to not pay bills, 7%. considering renting out a room in their home to split the bills while 5% would start charging children rent.

The research was conducted by Project Solar UK, the leading retailer and installer of solar panels in the country, who wanted to uncover the nation’s thinking around how to lower energy costs and save money in practical ways.

Simon Peat, CEO of Project Solar UK, says, “The cost-of-living crisis, and specifically the cost of energy, is a real concern and we wanted to look at ideas in this survey of the practical ways people are considering making changes to save money. It was no surprise to see that 11% were considering installing solar panels in their home and 5% stating they would move house to a place with solar panels already installed as people are becoming more aware that solar Is a more cost-effective energy source.”

“As the leading supplier and installer of solar panels in the UK, we have seen unprecedented demand since the beginning of 2022 as people look to alternative energy sources to heat and light their homes. By using the natural resource of the sun, solar panels offer a sustainable and better value option for energy. We offer a full information service to anyone who would like to understand more about how solar panels might be able to help.”

The survey also revealed some amusing answers when asking the public about how they have kept cool in the recent heatwaves. 47% of Brits selected they choose to strip down to minimal clothing with 44% choosing to keep the curtains closed at all times to stay cool.

When outdoors, 40% stuck to the shade and when out and about 11% chose to drive to work to make use of the air con in the car! Using the free air con at work was an option chosen by 9% of Brits while 5% of us chose to take advantage of the free aircon by working from a local café.

Buying a paddling pool was the solution for 10% of the population while 7% of those surveyed chose to stand next to an open fridge to try to cool down!