BEIS published their Energy and Climate Change Public Attitudes Tracker on 9 February 2017.
The department runs the survey at regular intervals to “understand and monitor public attitudes to the Department’s main business priorities”, such as energy saving, renewable heat, renewable energy, nuclear power and fracking.
This report presents headline findings from December 2016 (Wave 20) and makes comparisons with earlier periods. It is based on face-to-face interviews of 2,138 people (which is judged to be a representative sample size).
Further useful information (please refer directly to the source material for context, assumptions and explanations):
- Similar to the previous year’s survey, just under a quarter claimed to give “a lot of thought to saving energy at home “(23%), whilst half claimed to “give it a fair amount of thought” (52%).
- Support for renewable energy has been consistently high since the survey began in 2012, at around 75-80%. There was a “small drop” in the level of support in Wave 20.
- 63% of respondents were aware of renewable heating systems “in general”, but the “vast majority (90%) didn’t have any of these systems installed in their home.”
- “Worries over paying for energy bills remained at their lowest level since the tracker began.”