Green activists ‘waste their own energy’


Some of the UK’s most prominent green campaigners are failing to practice what they preach, according to a new survey.

Research carried out on behalf of the Sunday Times has found that celebrity campaigners such as Chris Martin from rock group Coldplay and broadcaster Sir David Attenborough own properties that are far from eco-friendly.

Thermal images of the personalities’ houses have revealed that they are often poorly insulated, meaning large amounts of hot air can escape from them.

Ensuring that buildings – whether homes or commercial property – are well-insulated is an important factor today as the government looks to develop increasingly tough regulations to meet its targets on reducing the amount of carbon the UK produces.

The Sunday Times study found Coldplay frontman Martin’s £2.5 million home in Belsize Park, north London, which he shares with wife Gwyneth Paltrow, wastes 1,020 kilowatt hours of heat per year.

Of the ten public figures surveyed by the newspaper, Liberal Democrat MP Simon Hughes had the worst property, which loses an estimated 1,812 kilowatt hours of heat a year.

Mr Hughes recently unveiled plans to transform every home in the UK energy efficient within a decade.