Britons 'afraid to make home improvements'

UK residents are interested in making their homes more energy efficient but are too afraid to do so themselves, new research has revealed.

The study by the Energy Saving Trust (EST) found that more than half of the 2,000 people polled (53 per cent) were DIY shy, which the organisation defined as not being confident that they had the skills to make practical changes.

According to the EST, these people could together save £200 million and 1.2 million tonnes of carbon dioxide if they made energy efficient improvements to their homes.

The organisation is calling upon the DIY shy to take the initiative and use the upcoming bank holiday weekend to implement the changes they want.

Philip Sellwood, chief executive of the EST, said: "This bank holiday weekend we urge householders to do a free Home Energy Check at the Energy Saving Trust's website: to find out which simple things - from draught-proofing to bleeding the radiators - they could do.

"I am sure they will be surprised about the savings they're missing out on."

The EST works to educate and offer advice on measures people and businesses can take to tackle climate change.

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