New study reveals UK homeowners have cut down energy use by a quarter
New research has shown the average household in England and Wales has cut down its energy use by a quarter in the last six years.
The study by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) revealed the average consumption of gas and electricity plummeted by 24.7% between 2005 and 2011.
The decrease in energy consumption has been credited to a number of factors. The huge rise in energy bills has been highlighted as one significant factor, with figures from energy regulator Ofgem suggesting energy bills have risen by a staggering 28% in the last three years alone.
As a result, hard hit homeowners mat have had to economise as a result. In fact there have been a significant number of campaigns highlighting the increasing risk of fuel poverty especially with the most hard up.
An increased focus on energy efficiency has also been highlighted as a significant factor behind the drop in energy use. In particular a shift to new energy-efficient boilers, double-glazing and insulation has played a part.
The ONS figures show that energy consumption is highest in England in the East Midlands, and lowest in the south-west of England.
Through its Green Deal initiative, the government is looking to further cut down the average households energy use. Under the scheme, homeowners can seek various loans or even cashback deals on the fitting or installation of products designed to boost energy efficiency in the home.
Typically, this ranges from replacing old boilers for new efficient models, to the installation of loft or wall insulation.
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