Britons 'making homes green' in 2008

People in the UK are expected to spend a collective £13 billion on making environmentally-friendly improvements to their homes.

Research conducted by the Cooperative Bank shows that British people have already taken steps towards making their home greener.

Measures taken include switching to energy-saving lightbulbs, switching to double glazing and installing loft and wall cavity insulation.

John Barker, head of mortgages at the Cooperative Bank, said: "This research clearly shows that people are really starting to sit up and take notice of green issues in relation to their homes.

"Houses are one of the largest sources of carbon dioxide emissions in the UK and taking steps to improve the environmental impact of homes is something that we strongly believe should be encouraged."

People are planning more unusual ways of making their homes environmentally-friendly, according to the bank. One in ten people are looking to install rainwater capture in their homes, as well as seven per cent of the population considering adding solar panels.

The Home Builders Association recently stated that cavity and wall insulation are some of the most cost-effective ways of reducing energy bills, as well as reducing carbon footprints.

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