We gave the public the chance to air their views in a survey on the hot topic of energy efficient housing.
Two-thousand people were questioned about their attitudes and the results gave a snapshot of their eco-friendly habits and preferences.
Asked about water-saving methods, for example, the most popular was rainwater harvesting, with 65 per cent happy to have it in their home, compared to just a quarter for shallow baths.
Energy saving strategies included people turning off lights when leaving the room (86 per cent), stopping the tap while brushing teeth (66 per cent) and lowering the central heating and putting on a jumper (58 per cent).
Eighty-one per cent had double glazed windows in their current home and 80 per cent energy saving lighting. But only four per cent had renewable energy devices such as solar panels.
Linden Homes Group managing director Ian Baker said: “This survey gave an interesting insight into the attitudes people have towards energy efficiency, with many preferring simple solutions rather than expensive additions to their homes.
“It is noteworthy that when the government is thinking of imposing sustainability building rules in 2016 that could add up to £30,000 to a new home, our survey showed 78 per cent would only be willing to spend an extra £5,000 or less for a more energy efficient home.”
The benefits of buying new make the choice easy. Here are just a few:
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