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August 10, 2012 03:00 ET

New Report Shows Energy Usage in UK Homes

A New Inter-Departmental Governmental Report has Highlighted the Extensive Energy Usage Taken Place in British Homes

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Aug. 10, 2012) - A recent report from the Government has highlighted that for millions of consumers across the UK, their relationship with energy, and their level of usage, is actually worse than previously thought. The report, entitled "Powering the Nation: Household Electricity-using Habits Revealed", was compiled by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), and the Energy Saving Trust and provides us with the richest insights ever produced in the UK into how we use the electrical products that power our lives.

"Powering the Nation" highlights the actual day-to-day use of electricity across the nation, and by acquiring and analysing data from 251 monitoring systems in owner-occupied households, its authors have been able to see what is actually happening in people's homes. The study is the first of its kind in the UK to measure and monitor electricity in real time in real-life situations, breaking down what electrical items are being used, when, for how long, and how much power they use.

Worryingly, the report showed that consumers are still getting to grips with minimising their energy consumption around the home and that more work is required to help homeowners make the right choices. It also shows are remarkable dependence on technology, and with it energy consumption. For example, the study revealed that the UK is watching 10 billion hours more television than previously thought, adding £205m to electricity bills. In response to the report's findings, Environment Minister Lord Taylor of Holbeach said: "As this survey shows we are using a lot more energy than previously thought. Manufacturers need to develop more energy-efficient electrical products and help consumers save money and the environment. We can all do simple things like switching off our televisions, computers and other home electronics and save up to £85 on electricity bills each year."1

Some electricity companies are committed to helping customers reduce their energy bills. British Gas electricity prices, for example, were cut with immediate effect in January 20122 and British Gas' gas prices are also being kept as low as possible. The company are also promoting the new EnergySmart programme, which consumers can add a free online service to any of their tariffs. Customers get a free electricity monitor that lets them see where they use energy at home, as well being updated with simple online graphs and tools to help them track and reduce their energy usage directly.

Foot notes

1 http://www.energysavingtrust.org.uk/About-us/Press-releases/Groundbreaking-study-reveals-hidden-costs-of-powering-our-homes

2 http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-16526539

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