In 2012 the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC) launched their Public Attitudes Tracker – an annual survey supplemented by three shorter sub-surveys. They have recently published what they term “Wave 14” – the data collected in June this year.
We have extracted what we think are the most interesting findings as follows.
Worries over paying for energy bills have fallen as have concerns about rising prices generally, though richer, older, childless home owners worried less than other sections of the populace.
Support for renewable energy remains high, though older and/or poorer people are less enthusiastic about it. Support for fracking appears to be linked to awareness, with more support from those who knew less about it, though older men were more likely to be in favour.
Nuclear energy is losing popularity, with a larger percentage of respondents declining to express a view either way, though support was higher from older and richer men.
The number of people saying they thought about saving energy at home dropped again. However there have been similar drops in interest previously, also during the summer, so this may well reflect an awareness that winter heating is still the biggest element of household energy use.