Helping the environment has become increasingly integral to the DIY projects being carried out by British homeowners, new figures have shown.
According to research from the Co-Operative Bank, households in the UK are spending an average of £251 each year on being eco-friendly – an annual increase of five per cent.
This figure includes money spent by DIYers on items such as energy-efficient boilers and renewable energy appliances.
Chief operating officer at the bank Tim Franklin commented: "This report acts as a timely reminder to political leaders that many people in the UK are working hard to adopt a greener lifestyle."
However, he added that despite the increase in spending on such environmentally-friendly products, less than one per cent of the average total household expenditure is afforded to them – and this needs to grow.
It was announced in chancellor of the exchequer Alistair Darling’s pre-Budget report this week that a boiler scrappage scheme is to be introduced in the UK, with households getting money from the government towards replacing old, energy-inefficient boilers with new ones.
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