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Bare facts about summer energy trends: one in ten goes naked at home to cut bills

  • British Gas smart meter data shows an annual low in household energy consumption for July.
  • Hot weather and long days prompt imaginative ways to save money on gas and electricity bills.
  • Energy saving enthusiasts can save up to £780 from their energy bills.
  • Installing smart meters can help manage and better monitor household energy usage. British Gas smart meter customers save an average of £30 a year.

New research from British Gas has revealed a nationwide trend for saving energy by walking around the home naked. In a poll published today, one in ten people admit to stripping off at home in order to keep cool and avoid bumping up the bills by keeping fans on all day.

British Gas smart meter data shows that energy usage dropped 61% in July last year – the month which also often includes the hottest day of the year and a drop in annual consumption.

A combination of longer days, school holidays, hot weather and people adopting a mix of conventional and quirky energy-saving tricks means that summer energy usage is down. While 10% of those surveyed admit to wearing no clothes in their home, 16% said they take a cold shower rather than a hot one.

British Gas has published the most popular household tips that will allow energy-saving aficionados across the country to power down this summer.

 

 

Conventional Summer Energy Saving Tips

 

Quirky Summer Energy Saving Tips

1.

Wear extra clothing to keep warm

1.

Replace hot with cold showers

2.

Hang laundry outside instead of using the tumble dryer

2.

Walk around the home naked to keep cool

3

Open all the windows in the house instead of using the air conditioning or a fan

3

Have a picnic at your house to save using the oven

4.

Let your hair dry naturally instead of using a hairdryer

4.

BBQ instead of using the oven

5.

Get smart meters installed to monitor usage on a smart energy monitor

5.

Use dry shampoo

6.

Switch every plug off when not using

6.

Wash clothes in cold water

7.

Wash and let the dishes dry naturally instead of using the dishwasher

7.

Have a scary movie night in the dark

8.

Draw curtains during the day to keep rooms in the shade to keep them cooler

8.

Get solar panelled chargers or desk fans

9.

Turn off the boiler when it is not needed

9.

Bath the children in the paddling pool

10.

Use a dustpan and brush instead of vacuuming

10.

Have a family member fan you

 

The findings also show families are still wasting money through poor energy usage, with lights and heating left on by mistake for over four hours in total each week, equating to over £250 each year per household. Energy saving enthusiasts could save up to £780 a year. 

Families could be saving £15 a month – £180 a year – by letting their laundry dry outside in the sun, instead of using the tumble dryer. Astonishingly, almost a fifth of all people polled (18%) admit to leaving five or more electrical items plugged in on standby all day, every day. 

Sushil Umrao, Smart Energy Expert at British Gas, commented: “Summer is the perfect time of year for people to power down and save on those energy bills. Household chores offer the easiest ways to pinch the pennies and allow nature to do some of the work, like drying the washing. Our smart meter customers notice the benefits immediately just by looking at their home energy monitor and seeing what a difference these small changes make to their bills.”

With smart meters customers can see how much gas and electricity they are using and its cost in pounds and pence. Smart meters replace traditional gas and electricity meters, and put an end to estimated bills. They enable households to make smart and informed decisions about how to run their home. British Gas smart meter customers have reduced their consumption by around 3% on average which equates to £30 a year.

CASE STUDY – INTERVIEWS AVAILABLE ON REQUEST:
Media consultant Sally Jones lives with her husband John in Warwickshire and considers herself to be one of the UK’s top energy-saving enthusiasts. Over the years, she has amassed a wealth of tips to help her family and friends save money on their bills wherever they can. 

“We collect dead wood and fallen branches from trees near our house and cut them up into logs for the fire. We rarely have the heating on for long in the autumn or winter, as we usually light a log fire in the evenings which keeps the place warm and welcoming without costing us a penny. It tends just to heat the sitting room, where we’d normally stay for the evening unless we have guests.

“I’m also quite particular about turning all the lights off – even going so far as to turn all but one light in a room off if I want to read.

“My job means I’m normally extremely busy and I find that I often get sidetracked half-way through drinking a mug of tea or coffee. To avoid wasting energy by boiling the kettle multiple times for a new one, I usually just heat it up in the microwave several times throughout the day!”

For more information on smart meters and to see if you can get smart meters energy saving tips, visit: www.britishgas.co.uk/smart


Notes to editors

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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