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Cardiff one of the most energy savvy cities in Britain

Over half of people surveyed also said they try to save energy in their home, whilst 87 percent said that they would change their energy habits if it meant making savings on their bill.

Over two-thirds of those (37 per cent) surveyed said that they would like energy saving to become a priority in their home - the highest percentage recorded outside London.

That’s why British Gas has launched its Energy Challenge, offering practical energy-saving advice to consumers in Cardiff.

British Gas will be at St David’s shopping centre offering people the opportunity to take the ‘60 Second Energy Challenge’ to find out how they could improve energy usage at home.

Just three per cent of people of those surveyed knew that installing insulation can save an average of more than £150 on energy bills each year, and solid wall properties could see savings of up to £270 per year. Many residents are not aware of these savings that can be achieved by insulating their homes. Working with the Government, British Gas is rolling-out free insulation for 90% of homes that need it.

The poll shows that people are taking more steps to save energy with over one third people knowing about smart meters. More than 15,000 have already been installed in Cardiff.

Research also shows that people across Wales don’t know how much their household’s daily energy spend is. [1] 14% estimate it at £2 per day, which is the average for a semi detached home. Around half of those surveyed (46%) say that their energy costs between £3-6 per day.

A British Gas Smart Energy Expert will be on hand to talk about the benefits of smart meters, together with an engineer to provide tips on winter warmth.

Lynda Campbell, Regional Director for British Gas in Wales says: “It’s great to see that so many people from Cardiff are looking to make changes to save energy and get their bills down.

“The 60 Second Energy Challenge will help people living in Cardiff be more aware about how they use energy, it offers simple and practical tips to reduce their energy use."

For more information on how to save energy in the home and for details on the benefits of smart meters visit www.britishgas.co.uk

Notes to editors

People from Cardiff are among the most energy savvy in Britain when it comes to saving energy, latest research from British Gas suggests.

[1] Figures sourced from YouGov: Total sample size was 2196 adults. Fieldwork was undertaken between 30th January - 2nd February 2015. The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

British Gas is the UK's leading energy supplier, and serves around 11 million homes in Britain –nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million UK businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Home Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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