Almost one in three employees are planning to keep working from home after the coronavirus restrictions end, according to a survey.
The COVID-19 pandemic resulted in the government ordering people to work from home if possible, and many are still doing this.
A survey of 3,000 adults by Halifax found that many saw the new lifestyle as an “environmental wake-up call” and a chance to do something about climate change.
The research shows:
- Three out of five of those surveyed said they did not expect things to ever go back to normal
- Most were hopeful the world could use the change to tackle the climate emergency
- Four out of five of those surveyed thought remote working was a way to reduce emissions
- The reliance on working from home could do more harm than good in homes with low energy efficiency rates
Andy Mason, Halifax mortgage director, said: “It’s clear that for many going back to ‘business as usual’ isn’t going to be an option and instead they will continue to spend more time at home, believing it to be better for the environment.
“However, without taking steps to ensure homes are as efficient as they can be, these good intentions could be clouded by rising energy usage and monthly bills – at a time when many are concerned about their financial security as well as the planet.”