Most people over the age of 50 believe that the UK government is doing more to tackle climate change, but that it needs to do more, according to a new study.
A survey of more than 500 people over the age of 50 and older Although two-thirds of the products and services are more expensive or more difficult to access over time, ministers want to be more proactive in climate change.
“Our study shows that middle-aged people have a significant role to play on the planet’s health and their role in mitigating climate change,” said Stuart Lewis, co-founder of the study.
Rest Less, a website that provides advice and counseling for the elderly, as well as a few who challenge environmental considerations on environmental issues, has realized that they do not care about the climate crisis.
More than two-thirds said they had bought fewer clothes in recent years to reduce waste, and half had reduced their vehicle use and removed meat and dairy products. One in five says they have bought only seasonal food, and half have reduced energy consumption.
Most of the middle-aged people we surveyed are already making changes to their own habits, from recycling a lot to low consumption, changing their travel habits, and some even giving up their cars altogether. ”
However, the findings show that older homeowners are less likely to receive significant financial benefits by greening their properties.
The government aims to upgrade as many homes as possible to average energy efficiency by 2035. But the average cost of upgrades – blocking water tanks and drains, or installing solar panels and heat pumps – can be very high. They tend to have older and less energy-efficient housing for the elderly.
According to a study by the National Construction Society, the cost of upgrading has reached an average of, 8,100, but has risen to 25,800 for homes with F or G energy efficiency.
The average annual cost of greening a home is estimated at 7 1,780 a year, which means that old property owners will only receive cash benefits after 14 years.
“This suggests that more incentives are needed to renovate homes with decarbon,” said National Harvest Economist Andrew Harvey.
Meanwhile, better energy performance certifications (EPCs) are having a limited impact on home prices. The worst performing houses are 3.5% lower than the average, while the green attracts only about 1.7% premium, according to National.
The financial implications are that older property owners can “grow up” without taking action, Harvey said. However, the value that people attach to energy efficiency may change over time, especially if the government takes steps to stimulate more energy efficiency to ensure that the UK meets climate change obligations.