British Gas finds half of business energy use 'unnecessary'

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New research, conducted by British Gas, has found that just under half of the energy used in the workplace is wasted during periods when employees aren't present, according to an article published by the Huffington Post UK.

Having studied in excess of 6,000 smart meters, the energy supplier has claimed that 46 per cent of the electricity used was consumed outside of operating hours.

British Gas - one of the UK's 'big six' energy suppliers - also stated that many businesses were increasing their consumption levels through unnecessary usage.

Amongst the unnecessary uses of electricity were car park lighting being left on during the weekend and office vending machines being left switched on all day.

The findings reflected those displayed in another recent report released by the Environmental Change Institute (ECI) at Oxford University.

Chief scientist at Greenpeace UK, Doug Parr, who worked on the report with the ECI, commented on British Gas' findings.

He said: "It's often said that energy bills are too high, and what we do know is that some of those bills are too high because energy is being wasted by usage.

"But none of that absolves energy companies and government for not taking the measures that need to be taken on improving buildings, on putting better efficiency regulations in place, working in Europe to get appliances progressively more efficient - all of that still needs to be done."

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