New research from Homevalue Hardware - conducted by Empathy Research who spoke to over 1,000 people as part of the survey - has found that Ireland has a growing appetite to live more sustainably, with over a quarter of homeowners (26%) saying that they would like to make their homes more sustainable and save some money in the process this year.

In fact, 14% of all adults polled said that they have already made plans to renovate their homes to be more sustainable this year, saying that the environment has become increasingly more important to them.

The recent survey further elaborated on the growing appetite to live in more sustainable households, with one in 10 saying they have already made renovations to their home to be more sustainable.

A further one third of people (32%) said that they would like to know more about the steps and measures they can take, to make their home more sustainable in 2022.

The new research comes on the back of rising energy prices for homeowners, with as many as 34% of people claiming that their cost of living has increased as a direct result of rising energy prices in the last 12 months.

Homevalue is encouraging the public to engage with their builder, tradesperson, or even local builders' providers regarding the steps they can take to make their homes more sustainable in 2022.

A range of supports are available to homeowners, to make their homes more sustainable. These vary from grants and financial supports to smaller sustainable options, like portable and efficient heating upgrades and electric stoves.

With 18% of people saying that builders and builders' providers could do more to proactively encourage people to make their homes more sustainable.

Speaking about the research, Homevalue Sales Director Jason Doherty commented:

"Long-term, many households would benefit financially from upgrading or renovating their homes to be more sustainable. With rising heating and energy bills for many, there are both small steps and larger steps we can support customers to take to help make their homes more sustainable, without putting a massive dent in their wallet".