Gas boiler usage witnessed a substantial winter decline, notably in rented households, falling from 72% in winter 2021 to 54% in winter 2022.
That’s according to a new government report which suggests during last winter there was a notable shift in home heating methods compared to the previous year.
The decline in the use of gas central heating was observed in owner-occupied households as well – from 82% to 60%.
The latest Public Attitudes Tracker also reveals that there was an increase in the use of alternative heating sources, including portable electric heaters (from 3% to 11%), solid fuel and wood heaters (from 1% to 7%), and natural gas heaters (from 1% to 4%).
Furthermore, the survey revealed that 41% of respondents paid significant attention to the amount of heat used in their homes during winter 2022.
This marked an increase compared to winter 2021 when only 27% reported being attentive to their heating costs.
The proportion of respondents who indicated they paid little or hardly any attention to their heating costs decreased from 25% to 15% during the same period.