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Liverpool and Sheffield Residents Top the Charts as Energy Saving Pioneers

  • Liverpool and Sheffield residents revealed as ‘smartest consumers’ by introducing the most energy saving measures and products at home
  • Newcastle and Glasgow are in second place


Liverpool and Sheffield have been hailed as the energy savviest cities in the country, after new research revealed residents have done the most to try to keep their bills down*.

The survey found that more than 90 per cent** of Liverpool and Sheffield residents put energy saving measures into their homes, in an effort to lower their bills, beating London, Manchester and Birmingham to be crowned Britain’s most ‘energy smart’ cities.

Newcastle and Glasgow came close to take second place. 

Of those surveyed, more than four in ten (42 per cent) have a more efficient new boiler, while a third of homes (31 per cent) introduced other energy efficient appliances to help save on their bills. 

More than a third (37 per cent) of people said they want smart meters to help manage their household outgoings according to the new research from British Gas, which has already installed 3 million smart meters across the country. 

Smart meters replace traditional meters and come with a free smart energy monitor that shows how much energy is being used in near real-time, in pounds and pence, helping customers compare energy use over time and see the impact of energy efficiency measures in their homes.

The research also found that homeowners are more likely to invest in smart or connected home technology to save energy. Nationally, half of homeowners said they have smart meters or Hive technology in their home to help them keep bills down, compared to just 19 per cent of renters who said the same. 

Energy saving pioneers – the nation’s top ten adopters  

 

#

City

% of people who have already adopted energy saving products***

1>

Liverpool

91%

1>

Sheffield

91%

2>

Newcastle

90%

2>

Glasgow

90%

3

Edinburgh

89%

4>

Cardiff

88%

4>

Dundee

88%

4>

Leeds

88%

4>

Nottingham

88%

5>

Leicester

87%

5>

Manchester

87%

5>

Birmingham

87%

6

Aberdeen

86%

7

London

83%

 

British Gas Smart Energy Expert, Martin Moran, who installs smart meters in homes across Liverpool, commented: “People are thinking more about energy efficiency to help reduce their energy consumption and lower their bills.

“There’s definitely a growing interest in connected home devices like Hive Active Heating™, which allow people to control the heating in their homes. Smart meters help customers to see how much it costs to boil the kettle for example - and they put an end to estimated bills or submitting meter readings.” 

To find out more about smart meters or see if you can have them in your home, visit: www.britishgas.co.uk/smart 

To find out more about Hive Active Heating™, visit: www.britishgas.co.uk/hive

ENDS 


Notes to editors

Survey Methodology
Survey sample is taken of 4,000 residents across the England, Wales and Scotland.

*Based on the question; why do you think this change in your energy usage will occur? With 45% answering ‘I am looking to save more money, so will try and use less energy.’

**Based on the percentage of recipients answering ‘yes’ to the options listed for the following question; what energy saving measures have you implemented in your home: 
Loft insulation
Cavity wall insulation
More efficient new boiler
Changed my behaviour
Bought more energy efficient appliances
Smart meters
Solar panels
Hive Active Heating


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.


About Hive
Hive is a British Gas Innovation and has been created by a British Gas business unit called Connected Homes. Hive created its first product, Hive Active Heating™, in 2013 to let people control their heating and hot water from their mobile, tablet and laptop. More than 360,000 people in the UK now use Hive Active Heating™, making it the UK’s leading connected thermostat. Hive aims to give people new ways to have the control they want for their homes through connected technology, creating a little magic in the everyday along the way.



For more information contact:

Leigh Franks
PR Manager
01784 84 3000
Leigh.Franks@britishgas.co.uk

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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