According to the Director of the National Home Improvement Council the UK has a long way to go before it comes close to meeting the 80% target of energy efficient housing stock by 2050.

Andrew Leech said that businesses should be encouraging the public to implement green home improvement features, such as renewable energy generating equipment, loft and cavity wall insulation and installing more efficient heating technology when they plan a project.

“They should be looking at new kitchens and new bathrooms plus energy efficiency measures because that is going to pay dividends in the long run,” he explained.

“As well as fitting energy-saving features, households should be getting ready to install green power generation equipment such as solar panels and wind turbines,” Leech added.

This statement comes just a few days after it was announced that the UK has failed to reach its renewable energy targets for 2010. The report, published by the Renewable Energy Foundation (REF) outlined that the country only managed to reach 6.5%, when the target was set at 10%.