Government has cleared the path for electric vehicles to dominate the roads by banning sales of combustion-engine vehicles from 2040 – but the survey revealed that only 26pc of homes expect to own an electric car by 2050.
“It’s quite clear as a nation, we’re using more electricity,” said Steve Cox, director of engineering at Electricity North West.
“To counter the effects of this, it’s critical that we take a combined approach; investing in renewable technologies to create more sustainable power, while making small changes to our consumption of energy so that we save what we can, wherever we can.”
Despite rising bills the data also shows a huge indifference to energy efficiency.
A fifth of those surveyed said they are not able to heat their homes properly but 70pc have never sought advice on how to save energy at home and 39pc have admitted that nothing is stopping them from making efficiency savings.
Maria Wardrobe, from the National Energy Action (NEA), said the country’s energy debate needs to shift from reducing energy prices to reducing energy demand.
“While awareness of energy efficiency has grown in recent years, further education is needed to empower more British consumers to make the right choices regarding their energy consumption,” she said.
“NEA has worked for over 35 years to improve the energy efficiency of homes in the UK and enable consumers to reduce their energy bills. It would appear from these findings that our work is still very much needed,” she added.