February sunshine prompts green energy rethink

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February's unseasonable weather has led many to reconsider their impact on the environment

Monday, March 4, 2019

Record-breaking temperatures in February have prompted millions of Brits to think more about their carbon footprint, research has revealed.

A third of people surveyed say the mild weather this winter has encouraged them to reconsider their environmental impact, with almost two-thirds now actively thinking about the planet and what they can do to help it.

Over half of Brits are currently eating less meat or considering cutting down, with a similar number cutting down the amount they drive.


And 60 per cent have already made their home energy efficient, with 17 per cent considering it.

The research found that 37 per cent - equating to over 10 million households – are considering switching to a green energy tariff in order to reduce their carbon footprint.

Looking at why we don’t want to switch to a green tariff, price is the key concern, with over a third stating they wouldn’t want to pay more for a tariff from renewable sources.

Broader movements in going green include boycotting plastic carrier bags, switching lights to LED and recycling regularly, all of which have seen growth based on last year’s figures.

The late February sunshine saw three record-breaking days in one week, with the hottest temperature recorded as 21.2C at Kew Gardens in London. 

Although the winter warmth provided an unseasonable opportunity to enjoy ice-cream and sit in the sunshine, climate experts have warned that the hot temperatures were a sign of climate change.

Peter Earl, Head of Energy at comparethemarket.com, which commissioned the survey, said: “It’s great to see Brits looking at more and more ways of going green with tracking showing that a number of themes are continuing to grow year on year.

"This is encouraging, but as the warmer temperatures in February might have prompted some to think, we can all to do more to do our bit.

“We are calling on all energy companies to provide green tariffs to support the UK’s commitment to the environment.