More than two thirds of UK workers say they care about energy saving in the workplace

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• British Gas survey reveals hospitality and leisure employees care the most about energy saving in the workplace
• 62 per cent of UK workers believe their company or organisation is dedicated to being energy efficient
• More than 1 in 5 (22%) workers care ‘a great deal’ about saving energy in the workplace

New research has revealed that 68 per cent of workers in the UK care about being energy efficient at work and of these, 22 per cent said they care a great deal.

The nationwide British Gas Business survey by YouGov, polled 1,118 workers across the UK.  It found that Hospitality and Leisure workers care the most– 82 per cent – about saving business energy. Other industries that ranked highly were Financial Services (77%) and Manufacturing (76%).

With almost two thirds (62%) confirming that their workplace invests in saving energy, it is clear that it is important for companies and organisations to be energy efficient.

Yet, fewer than half (43 per cent) of workers said that their company or organisation ensures that all lights and computer screens are switched off when not in use and fewer than 1 in 5 (18%) said they conduct a regular energy audit.

Even introducing a paperless policy can affect energy saving levels and those in the Financial Services sector had the highest investment in this measure with 38 per cent of workers saying their company or organisation does this – 12 per cent more than the average (26%).

According to Brian Stewart, Head of Customer Strategy and Insight at British Gas Business, companies are spending more on energy efficiency and BGB wanted to know how employees feel about this.

‘It is encouraging to find that employees, in various sectors, think that their company is dedicated to being energy efficient, particularly in the financial services sector. But it does appear that more organisations could do more to save energy.’

*This is a survey of individuals in businesses rather than decision makers.

All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 2,049 adults, of which 1,118 were workers. Fieldwork was undertaken between 27th – 30th March 2015.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all UK adults (aged 18+).

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