One in three (35 per cent) households also told us that a lack of space is preventing them from installing water saving devices such as a rainwater tank on their property.
Perth, Western Australia (PRWEB) July 9, 2009
Many Perth households are adopting greener lifestyles, although many barriers remain to developing greener homes according to new research from home insurance provider SGIO.
SGIO spokesperson Rob Cory said a lack of funds and physical space were the key impediments to adopting more eco-friendly lifestyles for many WA households.
"Two thirds of households cite affordability as the main impediment to installing a solar hot water system, although it's encouraging to see that the majority of households have installed relatively inexpensive energy saving light bulbs in the past year," he said.
"One in three (35 per cent) households also told us that a lack of space is preventing them from installing water saving devices such as a rainwater tank on their property."
Nearly half of the 800 households (42 per cent) surveyed by SGIO Home Insurance in the metro area said they now have either an outdoor compost bin or worm farm on their property.
However, worm farms and compost bins clearly aren't for everyone, with 44 per cent of people who don't have one saying they wouldn't consider putting one on their property.
The SGIO survey also revealed that:
- WA's love of green lawns is still alive and well with 45 per cent of people admitting they wouldn't consider switching to a water-wise native garden.
- Women are more eco-minded according with 90 per cent of women expressing concern with the state of the environment compared with 86 per cent of men.
- Over two thirds (67 per cent) of women surveyed also say they are doing more for the environment now than last year, compared with 54 per cent of men.
Mr Cory said SGIO was concerned about climate change and it was encouraging to see many people adopting lifestyles that could help reduce carbon emissions in WA.
"The impacts of weather and climate are at the heart of our business and we know that climate change will lead to more severe weather events in the future," he said.
"More and more of us are aware of the benefits of greener homes, but there's still some way to go before environmental practices become part of everyday life for most of us."
Visit http://www.sgio.com.au/about-us/environment for information on off-setting our carbon emissions, choosing greener, safer cars and tips for greening up our homes.
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