Over half of UK adults (51%) said they would be motivated to get involved in a community energy project if it could save money on their energy bill, according to the findings of a DECC Community Energy Survey.
The study, based on a sample of 1,089 adults, also revealed though that while four in ten would be interested in joining a collective purchasing or collective switching scheme, only a very small percentage, 2%, have so far joined such a scheme.
Figures also suggested bill reductions was the only motivating factor, as almost a fifth of UK adults – 17% – said they would be motivated to get involved in a community energy project if it would help reduce carbon emissions to prevent climate change. Furthermore, a tenth of UK adults said that getting more involved in their local community would motivate them to get involved in a community energy project.
The report follows the release of the government’s Community Energy Strategy which aims to incentivise local groups to partake in collective action.
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