Millions of viewers tune in daily to watch British soap operas and their storylines have the power to influence the way people think about the subjects that they tackle. It stands to reason, therefore, that if the popular soaps were to lead the way on energy efficiency measures, the public will follow. A recent article published by TheGreenAge shows how our favourite shows are shaping up:
The analysis examined the energy efficiency of properties in some of the most famous streets in the land; Coronation Street, EastEnders, Emmerdale and Hollyoaks.
The worst performer was Dot Branning’s mid-terrace house in Albert Square (EastEnders). The house was deemed to have no loft insulation or double glazing and an old boiler.
At the other end of the scale, Tony Hutchinson’s flat (Hollyoaks) came out on top. Following renovation after a fire in 2010, the flat has a modern heating system and proper insulation.
Occupying the joint middle position in the soap energy analysis were Tyrone and Fiz’s mid-terrace house in Coronation Street and Debbie Dingle’s cottage in Emmerdale. Tyrone and Fiz’s home was thought to be in need of loft insulation and a new boiler. The article went on to suggest that the couple might also benefit from the installation of Solar PV to generate a potential income, by taking advantage of the government’s Green Deal and ECO schemes.
Debbie Dingle’s stone cottage in the Emmerdale countryside was considered ‘hard-to-treat’ and the kind of property that might benefit under the government’s Renewable Heat Incentive (RHI) from spring 2014. The property appeared to lack thermal insulation, driving up heating bills, and had an inefficient boiler in need of an upgrade.
It would appear that there is considerable room for improvement in the energy efficiency of most soap households. If future storylines were to include the upgrade and installation of energy efficient measures, perhaps this make a greater impact on the viewing public than government schemes.