But why is home improvement such a key 'trigger point' to spark energy action? Energy Saving Trust Chief Executive Philip Sellwood (pictured) lays down the logic.
He said: “Why rip out kitchen cupboards to access pipes a year or so after a renovation project because your boiler needs replacing? Who wants to have to redecorate again? If you’ve got tradespeople undertaking a loft conversion or an extension, it will be easy for them to add some extra insulation or insulate cold rooms elsewhere in your home.
“By doing jobs such as these at the same time, not only will you make your home warmer and cheaper to run, but you’ll save on the cost and hassle of hiring another tradesperson at a later date.”
Cold rooms come a close second to a need for more space as a home bugbear, so it seems there's something of a logic gap when it comes to actually carrying out changes that will improve comfort.
So here's where we're stepping in. A new Energy Saving Trust guide provides advice that should simplify planning energy efficiency into home improvement – making it less of a daunting task to future-proof homes while maximising aesthetics and storage.
Some energy-saving upgrades are not just a good idea, though – they're a legal requirement. But of the near-60 per cent planning work in their homes in the next three years, less than 40 per cent are aware that energy efficiency measures are required alongside the work to comply with building regulations.
The UK Pulse poll revealed other factors motivating the UK's home improvers. Major life changes like a boost to the pay packet spark action; as does having kids and moving into a new place.
It also showed that getting on with neighbours is the one annoyance bigger than damp and mould. Alas, there are some things that well-timed energy efficiency measures can't help you with, but for all the cost-reducing and comfort-improving stuff, take a look at the new guide.