New research marking the start of Big Energy Saving Week 2020 (20-26 January) has revealed a significant gap in consumer understanding about managing their household energy use and the simple steps people can take to reduce their carbon footprint.
The survey revealed that 36% of British households have made no changes to their energy usage in recent years and 73% were surprised to hear that British homes are responsible for 25% of UK carbon emissions.
Analysis by the Energy Saving Trust found that 4 simple changes could help towards the UK target of net zero emissions by 2050:
- Turning your thermostat down by 1 degree would cut 3.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions every year
- Changing all your lightbulbs to LEDs would save 430 thousand tonnes of carbon emissions every year
- Turning appliances off rather than keeping them on standby would curb the release of 1.3 million tonnes of carbon emissions
- Only using the right amount of water in your kettle would stop 2 million tonnes of carbon emissions being released annually.
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