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Box set bingers: average home watches up to six episodes in a row

  • Nearly three quarters of TV viewers admit to binge-watching box sets
  • Game of Thrones tops the list of the most binge-watched shows
  • Households using 15p of energy on the average binge
  • British Gas smart meter data shows April peak in entertainment energy use

British Gas has published new research which reveals Britain is a nation of box set bingers. Nearly three quarters of the population admitted to regularly watching more than one episode in a row. The study, released to mark the launch of Game of Thrones Season 6, examined how much energy Britain is spending on this modern cultural phenomenon. It found that the average amount of binge-watching has reached six episodes back-to-back.

 

British Gas smart meter data shows that in 2015 entertainment energy usage in the UK was at an annual high in April last year, coinciding with the release of Game of Thrones Season 5, as the nation powered up TVs, laptops and tablets to follow the latest instalment from Jon Snow and friends. Smart meters come with a smart energy monitor, which gives households a better understanding of their energy use by showing them exactly what energy they are using on entertainment devices.

 

Fittingly, Game of Thrones was voted the series most likely to make compulsive viewers watch more than one episode in a row. Luckily for fans, the series has fewer episodes and only uses £1.14 worth of energy, compared to £6.30 for those wanting indulge in The Simpsons extensive back catalogue.

 

Most popular box sets and associated energy costs

Most popular box-sets

TV

Laptop

Tablet

Phone

  1. Game of Thrones

£1.14

£0.35

£0.07

£0.04

  1. Friends

£2.22

£0.68

£0.14

£0.07

  1. Breaking Bad

£1.24

£0.38

£0.08

£0.04

  1. The Walking Dead

£1.17

£0.36

£0.07

£0.04

  1. The Simpsons

£6.30

£1.93

£0.39

£0.19

  1. Only Fools and Horses

£1.05

£0.32

£0.06

£0.03

  1. 7.Dr. Who

£2.45

£0.75

£0.15

£0.08

  1. The Inbetweeners

£0.18

£0.06

£0.01

£0.01

  1. 24

£3.66

£1.12

£0.22

£0.12

  1. Dexter

£2.43

£0.74

£0.15

£0.08

 

The findings are corroborated by the British Gas Home Energy Report, collated by the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr), which shows that energy usage on TVs has gone up by 19% since the 1990s. DVD usage has also risen by 6%, demonstrating the nation’s increasing consumption of entertainment content.

 

Sushil Umrao, Smart Energy Expert at British Gas commented: “There are some simple ways to be smart with your energy use when it comes to a marathon TV session. When you’re settling down to enjoy series, make sure you don’t leave multiple appliances running around the home while you won’t be using them. And, when you’re finished, don’t forget to switch the telly off, rather than leave it on standby!

 

The great thing about having a smart meter is that you can see how much electricity you’re using throughout the day, which helps you take control and keep on top of what you’re using your energy for. Finally, when choosing a TV, it is also worth looking for models which have an energy efficient label.”

 

Seven in 10 people admit that the reason they watch more than one episode is because it’s addictive, with nearly a quarter stating it’s their favourite thing to do. Fear of missing out also causes box-set bingeing for nearly one in five people, while one in ten does it to please their partner or friends.

 

The research was conducted by British Gas to raise awareness of how people can use smart meters to monitor and be smarter with their energy use. Smart meters replace existing standard gas and electricity meters. Customers are given a smart energy monitor that shows how much gas and electricity is being used, and its cost in pounds and pence. Meter reads are submitted automatically to British Gas, putting an end to estimated bills and customers having to submit meter readings.

 

For more information on smart meters and energy saving tips, visit: www.britishgas.co.uk/smart

Notes to editors

 

About British Gas

British Gas is Britain’s leading energy and home services provider, serving around 11 million homes – nearly half the country's homes – as well as providing energy to around half a million British 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.

 

About Smart Meters

Smart meters replace existing standard gas and electricity meters and will be introduced in homes and businesses as standard by 2020. They come with a smart energy monitor that displays how much gas and electricity is being used, and its cost in pounds and pence, in near-real time. That information is shared with energy suppliers automatically, putting an end to estimated bills and meter readings for customers with credit meters, who pay by Direct Debit or quarterly by cash, cheque or card. British Gas is currently trialling Smart Pay As You Go with customers using prepayment meters. That will mean customers will be able to see their current balance and how much credit is remaining on the smart energy monitor. They will also be able to top up online, by smartphone app, over the phone or by visiting a local shop. British Gas is also trialling apps that enable smart meter customers to get information about their energy use on their smartphone. The information from smart meters gives customers a greater understanding of how they’re using their energy.

British Gas is Britain’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 British businesses. British Gas provides value for money, dedicated customer service, innovative energy solutions and the highest quality Homes Services expertise in the country. Find out more at www.britishgas.co.uk.


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