Are properties set to be become far more self-sufficient by 2020?

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Could exercise be used to power homes in the future?

A survey conducted by Gocompare Energy found that 9 out of 10 UK residents believes that changes in the way that property is powered and developed is extremely likely within the next few years.

The key findings from the survey included:

  • 84% of people believed power would come from sustainable sources by 2020
  • 61% believed that their homes would be more self-sufficient and independent
  • 1 in 10 people though that homes wouldn’t be powered by mains gas or electricity at all in the future
  • 55% said that appliances would be powered through exercise devices
  • Half believed that energy could be harnessed from water following through household drains


The people surveyed also had plenty of ideas to help make homes more sustainable, including:

  • Garden wind turbines
  • Water turbines in gutter pipes
  • Roof tiles with inbuilt solar technology

Out of the all the above predictions and ideas, a third of respondents to the survey believed that they would come into effect in less than four years.

Ben Wilson, Energy Expert at Gocompare Energy, said: “It’s been fascinating to see what energy innovations people think we could see in our homes in the future. It’s no wonder that we are starting to see more people considering the sustainability of our power sources.

“The industry is fast paced and alternative and renewable energy providers are constantly looking for new ways to generate power, so I could see some of these coming to British homes very soon.”


Concerns have been raised about the cost of implementing such technology and the increased rental prices as a result. However, it has been estimated that those in energy efficient properties can be expected to save £1,000 compared to those in the least efficient homes.